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Are men fairly treated in rape cases?

With over 80% of rape cases going unreported, the argument goes that naming accused defendants in the press gives others the courage to report crimes and encourages further victims to come forward.

The incentive to tell the truth is usually the pursuit of justice. But rape has become such an easy crime to claim that even many years after the incident, a potential victim is still able to go to the police, long after any evidence has disappeared.

The name of the defendant as a person accused of a serious crime is then published in the press, but what if he is innocent? (It may be a she but very rarely) Does that mean false, malicious or even fraudulent rape claims can be excused because someone may be guilty? And what of the accuser?

There have been many recent cases involving claimants who have infact not been raped but have had other motives for reporting their case as a crime. The defendant must go through the usual legal process but the determination of both police forces and the crown prosecution service to secure more rape convictions has left justice and fairness in question.

Very rarely are false accusers charged and prosecuted with perverting the course of justice. Maybe an high profile false accuser conviction is required to discourage rape claims which would never stand up in a court of law. We are all for any victim of crime feeling the legal system will right any wrong. But we are completely against innocent defendants lives being ruined because the government needs to secure more rape convictions.
Published: February 2018

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