This Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 photo shows Kristina Ponischil on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, where she works as a researcher. For months after Ponischil was raped at a party ... more 
This Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 photo shows Kristina Ponischil on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, where she works as a researcher. For months after Ponischil was raped at a party in her off-campus apartment, her life at Western Washington University was hell. Police wouldn’t act. Despite a restraining order, she kept running into her assailant on campus, prompting panic attacks. But if the criminal justice system let Ponischil down, Western Washington did not, offering her the support she needed and suspending her assailant, removing him from campus until she graduated in 2009. “I was able to start healing,” she said. “When I was constantly afraid, there was no healing. It was just constant fear.” (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Elaine Thompson
Sat, Apr 21, 2012 11:59 AM EDT