Rape Trials in England and Wales

Observing Justice and Rethinking Rape Myths
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ISBN-13:
9783319756738
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
27.04.2018
Seiten:
292
Autor:
Olivia Smith
Gewicht:
536 g
Format:
218x151x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Draws upon 13 months of court observations to examine rape trials in England and Wales
Chapter 1. Introduction: Setting the Scene. Chapter 2. Rape Trial Practicalities: Delays, Special Measures & the Survivors' Experience. Chapter 3. Rape Myths & 'Rational' Ideals in Sex Offence Trials. Chapter 4. Sexual History Evidence in Rape Trials. Chapter 5. Stereotypes & Adversarial Justice in Rape Trials. Chapter 6. Cross-Examination, Fair Trial & Survivor Justice in Rape. Chapter 7. Where Next? Conclusions & Considerations for the Future of Rape Justice.
In light of ongoing concerns about the treatment of survivors, Rape Trials in England and Wales critically examines court responses to rape and sexual assault. Using new data from an in-depth observational study of rape trials, this book asks why attempts to improve survivor experiences at court have not been fully effective. In doing so, Smith identifies deep-rooted barriers to survivor justice and, crucially, introduces potential avenues for more effective reform. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the practicalities of court, use of rape myths and sexual history evidence, underlying principles of adversarial justice and the impact of inequalities embedded within English and Welsh legal culture. This engaging and highly significant study is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the criminal courts and their responses to rape, including practitioners and students of criminology, sociology, and law.