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Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is trying out a new idea to improve rape trials

By Jessica Abrahams  

Newcastle Crown Court, where a panel of experts will observe rape trials for the next six months © Mick Gallagher/Flickr

Rape trials are, notoriously, one of the areas in which the justice system can truly fail victims. Problems presenting evidence, the persistence of rape myths, confusion over the nature of consent and the intense pressure victims can be placed under when testifying in court all contribute to this. This in…

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