… the Left is always hardest on its elderly: Chris Trotter, Brian Edwards, Rosemary McLeod, and Martyn Bradbury, all forced to limp bravely through their after-careers, the twitter-latte sniping at them down their noses from the high towers of the margins and the cafes.
If you put the words radical, bat-shit, and crazy together you get radshitzy. This post pertains to that small cool clique standing loudly atop a soapbox anonymously yelling their foul mouthed invective, in an otherwise sane and important debate on feminism, which I am heretofore going to call radshitzy feminism. Last week radshitzy feminism managed to storm the bastion of a necessarily dispassionate and gender/race/religion-blind rule of law by contending that women who make false rape complaints should not be prosecuted by police.
But the prosecution of women for alleged false reports strengthens the myth that women frequently lie about being raped and discourages victims from coming forward. It diverts law enforcement away from thoroughly investigating rape and lets rapists loose on the public. It is not in the public interest, and must be stopped.
IACP guidelines were clearly not followed in the three cases above. In each, police decided early the woman had lied, disregarded physical evidence of the rape and investigated her rather than her rapist. They also put severe pressure on each woman to retract. DM and Patty did, and the police then used the retraction to charge them.IACP guidelines also state that a report of sexual assault can only be considered false "if the evidence establishes that no crime was committed or attempted" and "only after a thorough investigation". If this one guideline had been followed, all three prosecutions would never have happened.
Every time a celebrity is acquitted of rape allegations, a pernicious media campaign clamours for anonymity for defendants to stop women and children from wrecking vulnerable men's lives. Most recently, we saw this after the [Coronation Street star] Michael Le Vell trial.
I believe there should be no cameras in court. I believe that we all are innocent until proven guilty, and that other than in the very rare case of public safety, to be decided by the police, all defendants before criminal trial should have name suppression unless, or until, proven guilty. That’s the civil and civilised society. Yes, we must have reporters in the court, as a check on corruption and to ensure the law is delivered without bias, but that need only be an embargoed print media, with proceedings reported either only after a guilty verdict, or by withholding names in the case of innocence.