Whilst
it would be unwise to draw too much conclusion from these figures and reports,
it does indirectly suggest that the system appeared to be relatively against
complainants. Moreover, complainants were mainly identified as women, and the
justifications given for them making false accusations were due to neurosis,
jealousy, fantasy, spite or a girl’s refusal to admit that she consented to an
act which she is now ashamed. In more recent times, the corroboration
requirements and the implied assertion that women tended to fabricate
allegations of sexual offences have been seen as something of an insult to
women. Women right’s advocates have described this belief as ‘an unholy relic
of the bygone days when it could be intellectually respectable to argue that
women were less objective, accurate or honest witnesses than men.’ Particularly,
in cases where the victim and the perpetrator either knew each other before the
time of the offence or spent some time in each other’s company before its
commission, either as acquaintances or intimates.

 

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