Started by neoteny, Nov 01, 2014, 12:27 AM
Sexual assault victims don't have the luxury of averting the ordeal. Without their testimony there is no case.Those brave enough to make a police complaint, knowing they must submit to invasive investigation yet still courageous enough to testify, are routinely shredded, attacked on credibility, depicted as promiscuous or morning-after regretful.Cross-examination is by definition confrontational. This is justified as getting at the truth but it's really about blurring the truth. It's about poking holes of doubt and then stretching them so that the entire case is rendered misshapen. He said. She said. But what he says -- or doesn't say, if the accused stays off the stand -- is held to a higher standard of reliability. What she says is vehemently dismantled.