Rape Conviction Rates

I\’m reasonably certain that Daphna Baram didn\’t mean this to be taken this way but:

There is no indication of more judicial mistakes in rape convictions than in any other field of crime.

So, the low conviction rate is not a result of judicial mistakes, it\’s simply part and parcel of the nature of the crime and the difficulty of proving it. So can we have an end to the talk of the way in which the low conviction rates show that it\’s a uniquely badly dealth with crime?

One comment on “Rape Conviction Rates

  1. Well, no, all that is said is that it is not due to judicial mistakes. That’s not the same as saying that the police deal with it badly (I’ve no idea whether they do or not), or whether victims deal with it badly (in the sense of not doing their immediate utmost to ensure a conviction, by reporting to the police straight away, etc), or whether defence lawyers unfairly exploit the law in order to force victims to admit to eg. being drunk, wearing tight trousers.

    So no, I don’t think that you’ve justified an end to the talk of it being badly dealt with at all. What you’ve done, you see, is quote a single author who agreed with a fraction of your argument and then proclaimed yourself the winner.

    Tim adds: “What you’ve done, you see, is quote a single author who agreed with a fraction of your argument and then proclaimed yourself the winner.”

    Blogging at its finest, eh?

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