Claire Waxman, London’s victims’ commissioner, welcomed it as “encouraging progress.”
“For too long, evidence of trauma, such as inconsistencies in memory, has been misinterpreted as victims being unreliable and has wrongly influenced charging decisions,” she said.
“Sadly, I know that some victims can find themselves subject to disproportionate scrutiny, and are left feeling like they are the one on trial.”
This is about rape, of course. And to a large extent the evidence of the victim is the very thing that is on trial. The entire definition of whether a crime took place or not is “I didn’t consent” and “There was consent”. Not even that this particular person is guilty or should be tried, but that there was a crime at all depends upon that.
Which is, therefore, the thing that is often on trial.