Tangible evidence must be provided in all rape and serious sexual assault cases.

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At present, rape and serious sexual assault convictions carry a lengthy custodial sentence. Crimes of this severity must therefore be proved without doubt . Under current law many innocent people are being convicted on  'he said / she said'  evidence.

Recently a trial took place where a family member was falsely accused of rape and received a life changing sentence, he was convicted solely on the utterances of the claimant in court, hard to believe that this takes place in court, (in this day and age!) 

As these are serious charges, I believe that a form of tangible evidence is necessary to prove that rape or serious sexual assault has actually occurred .

I propose and, therefore, petition Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Right Honourable Ian Burnett, that the present law regarding these matters should be changed to require provision of tangible evidence at trial.

One or more of the following methods to determine the innocence or guilt of the defendant should be presented to the court :-

Medical reports; C. C. T. V. ; Forensic evidence ; Digital evidence ( including digital triangulation) ; Polygraph test ; Mental health assessment  (including "brain mapping") ; or a PROVEN witness statement.

By requiring specific evidence and not relying on a verbal or written statement from the claimant to convict someone, surely, a trial would be conducted by a fairer means to both parties? Thus, those people intending to make false allegations about being a "victim" of rape will be dissuaded from contacting the police.



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