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1996-1215 - Sunday
Star Times - Rape and allegations
by G Waugh - Sandra Coney writes much nonsense but excelled herself with her
absurd remarks about rape and Justice Thomas' opinion. They appear to believe
that making false allegations is an "enduring and pernicious myth".
1996-0408 - Dominion - Rape
by Gordon Waugh - Many people throughout the country would like to see sex abuse
counsellors made accountable for their work, and would like to see
legislation amended on these issues. They, like me, wish to reinstate balance
and common sense in this emotive area
1996 - IPT Journal - Vol 8 -
Victim-oriented Law Reforms: Advantages and Pitfalls
By Felicity Goodyear-Smith - The paper addresses issues arising from the
well-needed reforms introduced in the past couple of decades aimed at
treating rape complainants with consideration and compassion, and minimizing
the stress endured by undergoing the judicial process when making a
complaint. It is argued that procedures which offer advocacy and support for
the complainant can lead to an effective presumption of guilt of the alleged perpetrator
and erosion of the principle of impartiality. The difficulty of gaining a
conviction when a rape has occurred but no forensic evidence is available is
weighed against the dangers of conviction in the absence of corroboration.
Issues regarding (mis) interpretation of consent and the effects of an
expanded definition of rape are also discussed.