Opinion: Well if one determining factor in assessing whether it is rape or not is the type of underwear the victim is wearing heaven help us all.
The Independent reports "In one case, a lawyer told a woman who had been raped that they would not be pursuing her case, “particularly bearing in mind the type of underwear that you had on at the time”. The woman, who has asked for anonymity, says she was wearing Spanx – body-shaping hosiery."
What the hell does that mean?
The only assumption has to be its tight fitting nature but that would not stop a rapist. Women were raped when they wore laced up corsets and stays and even in some cases chastity belts.
Maybe the prosecutor thought spanx were sexy underwear? If that was the case they need to get with it.
In this case it was the woman's partner at the time who was the accused and there were other reasons why the rape claims were not investigated. In the end, after her appeal to the CPS failed, the prosecutor condemned mentioning the victim's underwear but you cannot unsay words. Too late, the damage is done.
The statistics are shocking. In the UK following revelations regarding the late Jimmy Savile and investigations by Operation Yewtree police promised to get their act in order. If this week's reports are true they are still refusing to believe victims and instead are turning them away.
Will these be the historical abuse cases of the future?
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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