Friday, May 06, 2005
This Observer article details the scandalous failure of the British criminal justice system to protect or vindicate rape victims. (Hat tip to CrimProf). Among the problems are massive budgetary problems for police rape prosecution units, resulting in lost evidence and mishandled witnesses, as well as erroneous public perceptions that women often "cry wolf" about false rapes. As a result, only one in twenty rape prosections results in conviction.
I'm not a criminal justice hardliner myself, and I recognize that defendants' rights must be protected as well. The Observer's article, however, seems to indicate that the British system is seriously broken right now, and is practically incapable of protecting and vindicating the wrongs endured by rape victims.
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