Some may be the type of case that the police and prosecutors find most challenging, where the accuser and alleged perpetrator are known to each other, and may have consumed alcohol before the attack. I don’t doubt that the assurances now being offered are sincere, but the risk of creating unrealistic expectations is very high.
We live in a society where half the population faces an ever-present threat of sexual harassment and assault at school, at work and in our own homes. But the criminal justice system is so intent on protecting the interests of men and boys accused of rape, it no longer does its basic job of providing justice for victims.
The criminal justice system doesn't 'protect the interest of men and boys' at all; it protects the interests of defendants. Of whatever sex, colour or creed.
It says 'the Crown alleges, and it must prove'. The kind of justice system that Joan seems to want would be one where the mere word of accusation suffices as proof.
In short, she wants a reversal of the kind of justice system that feminists rail against in countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where a woman's testimony is worth less than a man's...