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Ken Clarke caused controversy this morning with his comments on "serious rape"

Ken Clarke’s bungling defence of the government’s policy of halving rape sentences in the event of early admissions of guilt on Radio 5 Live this morning was rightly controversial, and ushers in extremely serious questions over rape and a criminal justice system which so often fails victims. The old-fashioned language used by Clarke when distinguishing between different types of rape—the justice secretary talked of “serious rape”—was ill-advised and damaging. The government is in trouble over this…

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