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40% of Sexual Assault Cases Dismissed

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by Ana the Ist, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

    United States
    ....in affluent Canadian locale.

    ‘It’s appalling’: Women’s advocates outraged Kelowna RCMP dismissed nearly 40% of sex assault complaints last year

    It's just shy of 40%....while the provincial average is about 15%. Keep in mind, we're talking about a relatively small number of cases.

    Still this is an odd statistical anomaly. I think the Metoo movement has perhaps misled some people into thinking they'll be believed no matter what (they won't, crimes need evidence) and the range of behavior that some consider "criminal" has perhaps expanded beyond legal definitions.

    Or...you know...it could be that people are coming forward and the investigators aren't taking them as seriously as they should. What do you think?
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  2. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother? Supporter

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    Without knowing specifics, it's hard to say for sure. Sex crimes can be difficult to prove for a lot of reasons. Without putting too fine a point on it, it might be pretty easy to find evidence that intimacy occurred. A much bigger challenge is establishing consent. It can be the victim's word against the suspect's word. Without witnesses of some kind, it's a big challenge.

    I must say that it probably would be easier to prosecute cases like this if premarital relations were as taboo as they used to be. Given the prevalence these days of intimacy before marriage, the simple fact that intimacy occurred is not proof that sexual assault/rape occurred... whereas once upon a time, the fact that intercourse happened at all (and could easily be proven) between unmarried people combined with the victim's injuries and police report made for good indications that it wasn't consensual.

    It is a challenge, no doubt about it.
  3. Ana the Ist

    Ana the Ist Aggressively serene!

    United States
    I gotta say...this is a weird position.

    How do you know that in times past....women weren't simply claiming something wasn't consensual just because of the taboo regarding their behavior?