Rape And The Criminal Justice System

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The purpose of today's talk is to start a debate about how we in society view the offence of rape and whether we bring our conscious or subconscious views and stereotypes to our consideration of it. Rape is a serious crime and one in which there have been a number of reports and recommendations over the years looking at how we improve the way in which these cases go through the Criminal Justice System. It is surprising when looking back that it was only in 1991 that the law was clarified to recognize rape could be committed within a marriage. Before then a husband could rape his wife with impunity. It is also not that long ago that we did not have rape specialists either investigating or prosecuting these cases and victim care was awful. I

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