The usual suspects are up on their hind legs squawking about the ‘lack’ of rape convictions again.
Professor Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University and co-chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said she welcomed the initiative.
“I am pleased to see that already 700 more defendants have been charged in 2013-14 compared to the previous year but we need to see a corresponding rise in convictions,” she said.
Whoa, hold on there – that’s a matter for the jury to decide, isn’t it? And it’s not that they think rapists are only balaclava-clad strangers with knives who leap out of the bushes, it’s just that – the definition of rape amongst those who are known to one another often boiling down to consent – these are easier to prove, assuming DNA & other evidence.
Not that the DPP hasn’t got plans for tackling that…
Ms Saunders added that juries would also need a greater education about rape cases.
“Our figures show that the proportion of cases ending in jury acquittals has increased by 4.2 per cent over the past year,” she said.
“Myths and stereotypes still pervade throughout society and have the potential to influence jurors too. We have a part to play in fighting any preconceptions through the way we handle and present our cases to those juries.”
You can handle & present them as much as you wish, but at the end of the day, it’s for the jury to decide on the evidence put before them. Not to convict in order to appease the single issue feminazis running the justice system.