The Principle of ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’ is Being Undermined

Joanna Williams has written a powerful article in the Daily Mail criticising the current approach of the police and justice system in automatically believing all rape and sexual assault claims.  In the light of the recent Liam Allan case, she dissects the manner in which the odds are stacked against the defendant, even when the legal process is being manipulated either due to incompetence or wrong-headedness.  She claims it damages not only the lives of men but women as well, especially when women lie in order to take revenge on those against whom they have developed a grudge.

 

For centuries, the fundamental principle underpinning British law has been ‘innocence until proven guilty’.

Nothing in the judicial system is more basic or more sacrosanct. But the insidious spread of a culture — inevitably driven by social media — that encourages us to see every woman as a potential or actual victim is destroying that foundation stone.

Increasingly, from the moment an allegation of rape is made, the police and judiciary tend to use language that implies it is based on fact and that all men are potential predators of women.

This, I believe, is part of a dangerous trend being pushed by feminists that casts women as innocents incapable of lying. As I argue in my latest book, Women Vs Feminism, this does a deadly disservice to the causes of equality and justice.

The case of Liam Allan, the 22-year-old undergraduate arrested after an ex-girlfriend filed six charges of rape and one of sexual assault against him, is a stark warning of the dangers to both individuals and to society as a whole.

…. Only after months of ‘mental torture’ was the public able to learn more about the false rape allegation. It appears an ex-girlfriend had been angry with Mr Allan, perhaps because he had ended their relationship, and seemingly sought vengeance.

The fury of ‘the woman scorned’ is as old as the hills but women have now found a dangerous new outlet in the form of a justice system that has been tampered with by feminists to fit their agenda.

Most worryingly, this case is far from unique. I recently spent a week in court, watching the trial of a young man accused of rape. The experience shocked me.

First, the alleged victim and the accused were treated very differently. The young woman — rape victims are, of course, always anonymous — was called by her first name and treated deferentially by the barristers and judge.

The young man was treated almost as a criminal from the start. He was addressed by his surname and, to me, it seemed a subliminal sub-text was ever-present — that there was no doubt he had committed the crime. In the end, however, the jury found him not guilty by a unanimous verdict.

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-5189505/Feminism-grotesque-rape-lynch-mob-culture.html#ixzz588sEmNuR