Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Flawless Human Victory


This is too important of a victory to be snarky or rubbing people's face in it.

Rape victims will no longer face cross-examination in court with testimony to be filmed instead

Unfortunately, this only affects the U.K. But it's still a fantastic step in a world that is very much plagued by rape culture in nearly every corner of the globe.

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said that, from September, their cross-examination will be pre-recorded and then played to the jury during the trial. 
The roll-out of the scheme was originally not scheduled to start until the beginning of next year but has been brought forward following an agreement with senior judges. 
"Attitudes to sex crimes and victims have changed beyond all recognition in our lifetime, and rape prosecutions are now at record levels," Ms Truss said. 
"With more victims now finding the confidence to come forward, I am determined to make their path to justice swifter and less traumatic.


Many survivors that have come forward have spoken out about the trauma of being aggressively cross-examined during trial proceedings, made to recount one of the worst moments of their lives over and over to an often hostile room full of strangers. This is why victims so often drop charges or suddenly refuse to help prosecution. They can't take that kind of psychological torture anymore.

More needs to be done, however, to protect survivors. Dealing with police is still often very traumatizing for them and harassment from the defendant's friends and family and often the entire community is still a massive problem. But this is a great step. And a bit of good news in a never-ending downpour of shit lately.

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