The firestorm continues apace following my original blog of the same title and the Daily Mirror’s take on it. Whatever else, it has got people talking about the issues raised in (alleged) rape cases, and most important of all, the issue of drink and drugs. Whilst my remedy for the resolution of this issue was not well received by the majority of women who have commented on it, I remind my readers that there is a real prospect of a miscarriage of justice if the prosecution are allowed to move the goalposts as Alison Saunders is suggesting. I also remind my readers that a conviction for rape carries with it an immediate sentence of imprisonment, and trying to overturn an unsafe conviction is a protracted and uncertain procedure.
That said, the purpose of this update is to put this lively debate into proportion. Excluding the Press and the Media, who often work to their own agenda and where truth can be a moveable feast, the reaction of those leaving comments on my blog has been most instructive. They divide almost equally along gender lines. The women for the most part are strident in their condemnation. According to the Daily Mail, leading the pack is Ms. Sarah Green, director of End Violence against Women Coalition, followed hard on her heels by Ms. Louise Pennington, of the campaign group Ending Victimisation. By the very banner headlines under which they parade their prejudices, it is unlikely I shall find a balanced and reasoned argument.
The men have a different take on the issue. I wonder if a brother organisation similar to Louise Pennington’s campaign group, but there to protect men from being falsely accused of rape, might find favour to redress the imbalance.
For the purposes of a headcount, I ignore the expletives and offensive comments, once again from women, which add nothing to the debate and which have been deleted. By the same token, I cannot comment on individual cases brought to my attention by men or on behalf of men, who claim they have been the subject of a miscarriage of justice. I would need to know all the facts before reaching a conclusion.
You can read the comments left on my blog for yourselves and make up your own minds.
Postscript. It seems that my timely intervention in the casual sex and consent debate is already reaping dividends. Teenage pregnancies have fallen to their lowest rate since records began more than four decades ago. And it doesn’t stop there. There is a new government initiative to encourage discussions amongst children as young as 11 on difficult subjects such as rape, coercion, drink, and at what point teenagers are capable of agreeing to sex. You can thank me later.