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A tale of two legal systems.

In each legal system, there is a woman has been sexually assaulted.

Each woman is subjected to some sort of abuse by the person who is supposed to be prosecuting the sexual assault.

The similarities end there.


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It’s a radical* notion: when someone is on trial for rape, their actions, and not those of the complainant, should be the focus of attention. In other words, the accused should be the one on trial, not the complainant.

This has been obvious to, say, feminists for quite some time. Now that it’s been said by someone with power and credibility (ie a man who is in charge of the sex crime taskforce in Scotland), maybe people will actually start to listen.

Look, I don’t mean to sound bitter. I’m really, really glad that the taskforce is headed by someone who understands that the accused is the one who should be on trial, not the complainant.

I’m also really, really angry that it needs to be said at all, and that, given it does need to be said, more people aren’t shouting it from the rooftops.

* Yes, that’s sarcasm. Just in case you weren’t sure.

h/t: Justinian

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… to numerical equality and happiness, uh-huh uh-huh…

Ok, that doesn’t quite scan.

But that’s fitting, since numerical equality isn’t everything.

Still. three out of seven isn’t too bad.

[Sorry for the .pdf link – also, for some reason, I couldn’t find a direct link to any media release from a government source. But I have no reason to doubt the verity of this. It has been very quick, but Kirby’s slightly early retirement was somewhat expected, and anyway, he’d have to retire in March in any case.]

Three out of seven. It’s almost half!

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