Pre­sump­tion of truth ver­sus in­no­cence

NOW Magazine - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

Toronto

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