Lawyer: Too many women cry rape [Redux]

by Limbic on September 26, 2003

“A leading barrister today sparked a storm of controversy by claiming too many young women are crying rape.

Jonathan Davies, who also sits as a Crown Court recorder, spoke out as an increasingly high number of rape trials end with the suspect walking free.” Whoa!

He said: “The offence of rape is being downgraded and acquittals are increasing. Young women should be told the truth: juries will not convict when the complaint is, ‘Yes we went to bed but he wouldn’t stop’.

“Juries will go on thinking this no matter how much campaigners inveigh against the unfairness of the system to women. It is a truth that is producing acquittal after acquittal. Yet the Crown Prosecution Service and the police are still afraid of saying, ‘This case will never succeed’.

“Instead, they pass it on to the person up the decision chain until an individual decision becomes entwined with a policy of prosecuting and complaint, however ridiculous.”

Mr Davies, who is writing a novel The Bird Table about a date-rape trial, said his comments did not mean “if a woman wears a short skirt, she is asking for it”.

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