Presumption of truth versus innocence
There is too much lamenting and criticism about how the criminal justice system unfairly treats sexual assault victims, who are already afforded protection of identity and re strictions on cross- examination of prior sexual history.
There is no presumption of truthfulness for any victim, and credibility is always an is sue unless there is some corrobo ration by way of medical or phy sical evidence.
Regardless of victims’ post- inci dent behaviour that “the system just does not get,” a trial is not a tea party.
It’s naive to expect or assume that every misdeed in life, particularly those commit ted in very private situations, will end up penalized under the Criminal Code. Garry Lamourie