Ideas that never made it

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THERE have been sev­eral at­tempts to as­sist al­leged vic­tims in rape cases.

One idea pro­posed by Labour in the mid-2000s was that it would au­to­mat­i­cally count as rape if a man has sex with a woman who has con­sumed a cer­tain level of al­co­hol. But this idea was quashed at the Ap­peal Court in 2007, when a judge de­clared a woman can still con­sent even af­ter ‘sub­stan­tial quan­ti­ties’ of drink.

In 2008 an­other Ap­peal Court hear­ing ruled out giv­ing ju­ries writ­ten ad­vice to ‘dis­pel myths’ about rape.

Since 1999 judges have, how­ever, limited the once-com­mon prac­tice of ques­tion­ing rape com­plainants about their sex lives.

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