Monday, January 29, 2007

Rape Laws Become Ever More Kafka-esque

The Blair government refuses to back down in its efforts to lock up thousands of men on trumped up rape charges. An article in today's London 'Times' says:

A nationwide network of specialist rape prosecutors is to be set up in response to a report which reveals that victims have only a one in 20 chance of seeing their attacker convicted.

There has been a sustained effort across the criminal justice system to improve the notoriously low conviction rate for rape. But the report to ministers shows that it has worsened because of a huge increase in the number of attacks being reported...

A small number of specialist rape prosecutors, who will take charge of cases from investigation to trial, have already been appointed in London. Others will be recruited across England and Wales in a drive to increase the low rate of rape convictions.

Why does the government think that rape is a special crime, requiring special process, special prosecutors, special measures? It is a crime like any other, and should be dealt with like any other. The fact is, as I have already said several times, feminists have altered the definition of rape in the last few decades to make it so ambiguous as to be virtually meaningless, and their (on the face of it, reasonable) policy of 'de-stigmatising the victim' has led to a rash of false accusations.

The article practically says as much for those who care to look: "The conviction rate for rape has fallen from 33 per cent in 1977 to 5.3 per cent now. As a result, a series of measures were implemented, including training for police to ensure more sensitive treatment of rape complainants and specialist teams of prosecutors to deal with rape cases. The latest report, however, shows that the measures have had minimal impact as allegations of rape have increased greatly."

I came across yet another one today. It seems this woman had sex with a police official after a drunken night out, and was concerned that her boyfriend would find out, so she accused the man of raping her. Although he was, thankfully, acquitted, she has walked free. This kind of thing happens regularly, despite feminist claims to the contrary. A false accusation of rape is an attempt to destroy another person's life. It must be regarded as a serious crime against the person, similar to grievous bodily harm - or indeed, rape.

The empirical evidence is already published, it's just that certain vested interests choose not to pay any attention to it.

"According to a nine-year study conducted by former Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin, in over 40 percent of the cases reviewed, the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred (Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994). Kanin also studied rape allegations in two large Midwestern universities and found that 50 percent of the allegations were recanted by the accuser." Reference

In this article, Wendy McElroy claims that one in four rape claims is malicious.

For further reading, click here.

Until the government owns up to the reality of false accusations there will never be justice. The one crumb of comfort is that our judicial system has not yet been completely corrupted by feminist ideology, even if it sometimes looks that way. The Times article tells us:

"The move will be resisted by judges and barristers. The influential Council of Circuit Judges, which represents 637 circuit judges in England and Wales, argues that the issue of whether an alleged victim was able to consent is one that should be left to a jury. "


Anonymous said...

Rape is unusual in that there is often very little physical evidence, and the only witnesses are the people involved. Specialist prosecutors might be able to be trained to deal with these cases better than generalist prosecutors.

The UK legal system is based around the prosecution and defence presenting the case a favourably as possible for their side without perjury and letting a neutral court rule based on evidence presented. As long as the new prosecutors aren't given extra privileges in the legal system I don't see any problem in having a fair trial involving the new prosecutors. Raising the conviction rate witout lowering the standard of proof is certainly a good thing.

From the Times article: "a report which reveals that victims have only a one in 20 chance of seeing their attacker convicted. " This should probably read "alleged victim" and "alleged attacker". Otherwise the report would know that many rapes have definitely happened where the courts have failed to convict the attacker, and it's hard to believe anyone could have that information.

BrusselsLout said...

I have an obvious solution for the government to increase the conviction rates for rape: introduce stiff penalties for false accusations.

If only honest claims are made then it would increase the rate -- and I bet quite substantially, looking at the rubbish that some of these malicious and frivolous accusers have the gall to go into police stations with.