Is the law in favour of perpetrators of sexual abuse?
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Sexual abuse does not discriminate against age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or nationality.
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are victims of childhood sexual abuse
- 1 in 3 women experiences physical or sexual violence from a partner
- 1 out of every 10 rape victims is male
- In the US, every 2 minutes, someone is sexually assaulted. Every 8 minutes, that victim is a child
- Of women who are raped, 94% experience PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Rape victims are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide
We are calling upon the governments of India, USA, United Kingdom and Canada, which are some of the countries with the highest rape statistics to:
- Re-evaluate long delays in the criminal justice process.
Many victims can be forced to repeatedly relive their trauma over extended periods (sometimes years) in having to go through the process of bringing cases to court. This causes unfair and prolonged mental and emotional suffering to victims.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states:
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Article 3 of The Human Rights Act 1998 in British law defines “inhuman treatment” as one which “causes intense mental suffering”.
- Implement new specialist pre-trial awareness guidance for legal teams, judges and jurors.
Lawyers and judges are meant to receive "rape awareness" education. Despite this, many prejudices which heavily influence the jury, still exist in court hearings. More worrying is that the jury does not receive "rape awareness" guidance (albeit a few sparse words from the judge).
We ask for an unbiased “rape awareness” training (especially for the jury) to dispel the prejudices, myths, and stereotypes surrounding sexual assault to promote fairer trials. For example, the common misconception that victims who delay pressing charges are more likely to be lying is often still exploited in court.
Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states:
"Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."
We ask that the “right to a fair trial” also be extended to victims of sexual assault.
Studies report that false sexual assault accusations made are low, accounting for anywhere between only 2% - 7%.
Unless the criminal justice system changes, can you understand why 2 out of 3 victims of sexual assault with not go to the police? This means that the vast majority of abusers are currently walking free.
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J.S. von Dacre
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