Friday, July 28, 2006

Women Gain When Men Wrongly Accused of Rape Are Freed

Womens eNews (hat tip to The Vagina Warrior)

The leading cause of wrongful convictions--playing a factor in about 75 percent of the exoneration cases--is eyewitness misidentification. The day after Alan Newton was exonerated in the Bronx, a member of a "men's advocacy" group called our office. He wasn't calling to help Newton find a job or offering other support to him, as many others have. He wanted to know why the Innocence Project doesn't pursue perjury charges against rape survivors who identify the wrong man.

Aside from the patently offensive notion of putting rape survivors on trial, the truth is that eyewitness misidentification is often the result of flawed law enforcement techniques that lead crime victims to identify a suspect who police already presume is guilty.

This call to prosecute rape victims is one of the reasons I'm skeptical that "men's advocacy" groups are advocating for true fairness rather than attempting to keep rape victims and victims of domestic abuse from reporting what happened to them or being treated with any respect if they do report.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:14 AM   1 comments links to this post


At July 30, 2006 7:48 PM, Blogger lex said...

you rock! thank you for your bravery.
much much love,
a fellow survivor


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