Petition All jurors in rape trials to complete compulsory training about rape myths
Research shows that jurors accept commonly held rape myths resulting in many incorrect not guilty verdicts. Rapists are walking free from court, although evidence is robust. This ruins lives. Rape conviction in the UK is very low. Compared to other crimes conviction is 21% lower.
Research by Rape Crisis & Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, finds that jurors often accept rape myths & thus acquit rapists who are in fact guilty. 66% of jurors do not understand judges' legal directions which attempt to dispel rape myths, but fail. Jurors need proper rape myth training prior to & throughout trials. Info: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/mythsvsrealities.php https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_myth http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39182779
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