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Rape victim not a reliable witness due to learning difficulties???
by purplelizzy (purplelizzy)
at April 18th, 2008 (10:12 pm)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/apr/17/prisonsandprobation.scotland
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7349900.stm

I read this story with disbelief. A rape prosecution in Scotland has been dropped because the victim has learning disabilities and a mental age of 8. This raises so many questions about the treatment of people with disabilities, and particularly their access to justice. It is really unthinkable in these supposedly progressive times, in a country that considers itself socially advanced, that a woman is being treated like this. Not to mention the (alleged)attackers who are walking free because they picked on someone with a disbility. The Scottish justice system definitely has a LONG way to go.

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Posted by: max (penguingod)
Posted at: April 18th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)

Wow.

Posted by: Because maidens with swords rule! (theswordmaiden)
Posted at: April 18th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)

Okay, we're supposed to protect people with mental disabilities, because like children they are more vulnerable to attack. And honestly, even an eight year old can indicate that she has been raped, so there was no reason to drop it.

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