What’s wrong with our rape laws? OPINION by Andrea Vance:
Amid the national moral panic stemming from the Roast Busters sex scandal, politicians were grappling with one challenging question: What’s wrong with our rape laws?
What is it about our justice system that makes more than 90 per cent of victims unwilling to report incidents of sexual violation to the police?
Why is it that sexual violence is the fifth most common offence but the least reported to police?
Why is the conviction rate for sexual offences lower than for other crimes? (Between 2004 and 2006 it was 46 per cent, compared with 70 per cent for total crime.)
Survivor surveys show a distressing range of reasons why people choose not to report sexual violence. Some say it is because they know their attacker (for one in three it is their partner, one in four a friend and one in 20 a colleague) and are afraid of repercussions.
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OPINION by Andrea Vance: Published 10 November 2013. Fairfax NZ News