Emergency meeting on women jailed for accusing men of rape

// 10 November 2006

Earlier this week, I posted about the recent spate of cases where the aquittal of a man accused of rape has been quickly followed by the prosecution of the alleged victim. Justice for Women and Eaves are going to hold an emergency meeting to discuss this worrying development in early December, and the details of that meeting follow.

But Eaves has also produced case studies which reveal how questionable some of these convictions really are:

A woman reported that a man followed her into her home, told her “you know you are gagging for it” and raped her. She had never had sex with a man before. She reported the attack to the Police, and then called the Samaritans and her partner. Forensic examination found that intercourse had taken place and noted bruising on her neck and breasts. The examiner found no saliva traces on her breasts and could not determine the age of the bruising. She has been convicted of ‘perverting the course of justice’ and is threatened with a custodial sentence. Her name, address and sexuality have been published in local papers. In court she said “I have the courage to stand here and take this because I have done nothing wrong.”

Who’s Perverting the Course of Justice?

Women who cannot prove they have been raped are being charged with ‘perverting the course of justice’ and being vilified by the press. Justice for Women and Eaves Lilith Project are holding an emergency meeting to address this issue.

When: Tuesday 12th December, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Ainsworths Centre, 42 Welbeck Street, W1G 8DU (Tube: Bond Street)

This is a free event, but donations towards costs are appreciated.

For more information visit: www.eaves4women.co.uk

Places are limited, book now by emailing your name and address to: cat.whitehouse@eaveshousing.co.uk

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