…every crime, but that argument has the upper hand in issues of sexual violence like no other crime. I’m not saying juries should be partial, but the victims’ friends, family and support systems should be and often they are not! Therein lies a serious problem.
On that, we agree. Accepting that “friends, family and support systems” should be more supportive than they often are, what legal reforms do you propose? I’m not being snarky here. I would really like to know how the legal system could adapt in a way that does not threaten the rights of the accused while also dealing with your concerns. I’m speaking particularly of cases that are years or even decades old where evidence is hard to impossible to come by that supports either the claims of the accuser or the accused. In true he said/she said situations where there’s nothing else to go on, what’s a legal system to do? How does one either demonstrate a rape really occurred 20 years after the fact or, alternatively, defend oneself from an accusation of rape 20 years after the fact? The devil really is in the details in these situations. The solutions aren’t obvious, at least not to me. The support of family and friends may be all one can count on.