Jurors in rape trials will be told more about the previous sexual behaviour of male defendants in a bid to increase the chances of conviction.
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has told prosecutors to focus on the behaviour of men leading up to alleged rapes, rather than just the incident itself.
The move is intended to provide juries with a fuller picture of male suspect’s character, after a series of high profile rape trials ended in acquittals.
This at the same time as the screaming that mentioning the previous behaviour of the alleged victim should be ever more verboeten.
The rational person might assume that previous behaviour is a reasonable guide, or not a reasonable guide, either way.