More Women Facing Sex History Court Ordeal in Scotland |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-09-14 14:14.
More women than ever are being forced to reveal their sexual history during rape trials, despite government measures to stamp out the practice, a report revealed yesterday.
Five years ago, following a series of high-profile cases - including one where a teenage rape victim killed herself after giving evidence - the law was changed. Now lawyers must make a special application to the court before questioning female victims about their previous sexual activity.
But instead of protecting women, the move has led to an increase in the number of women interrogated in court. The Scottish Government report found more than three-quarters of rape trials and over half of trials of other sexual offences include an application to delve into the alleged victim's sexual history. Overall, almost three-quarters of sexual offence trials include an application compared to a fifth before the new law was introduced.
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