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Big Question: are the new rape prosecution guidelines a good idea?

New guidelines aim to improve conviction rates

By Prospect Team  

New statistics show few rape cases go to court. Photo:

New guidelines on the prosecution of rape cases to be issued to police and prosecutors were reported widely last week. One aspect of the advice is that “prosecutors are now being instructed to ask how the suspect knew that the complainant had consented—with full capacity and freedom to do so” (this doesn’t amount to a change in the law.) The guidelines also advise criminal justice professionals to look at the wider context in which an…

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