That’s not to say that more don’t lead to guilty verdict, at least in the minds of many.
It’s just that this verdict tends to fall on the head of the woman making the accusation.
Is our response to a rape complainant – not just during the trial, but afterwards, regardless of the verdict – really based on any certainty of what happened? Those railing against “false accusers” may need to look closer to home.
Or are we indulging in fantasies of retribution against women who step out of line by speaking up in the first place?
He pleaded guilty to indecent assault and inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency in Coventry, West Midlands, in the 1980s.
He was arguing with his girlfriend when he caused his (Ford Focus) vehicle to cross on to the wrong sid...Today saw Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding found not guilty of raping a woman in June 2016.To some, such a verdict is instantly flipped: not guilty for them must mean guilty for their accuser.He attacked his 22-year-old victim with a bottle as she walked through a park. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and possessing an offensive weapon in Birmingham, West Midlands, on 8 July 2017.He was armed with a knife when he (and a friend) went to his victims home following a...