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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Even rape suspects must be assumed innocent in court

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In response to Laura Perrins: Rape law turned on its head. Suspects will have to prove their innocence, Yogi wrote:

As a man I can say without fear of contradiction that having sex whilst “drunk” is no fun at all. If not completely sober, then at least a little light-headed from a nice glass of Rioja is probably optimal.

On the legal aspect it’s only of concern if it’s the thin end of the wedge. The presumption of innocence is fundamental. If it’s inverted inside the courtroom as well as purely during an investigation, then it’s very worrying indeed. Even where the transaction is explicit – that between a man and an escort or prostitute – politicians have spoken of criminalising the man alone. Everywhere the presumption is that women are victims and men are exploiting them.

Returning to the UK in 50 years time (in my Tardis) will I discover that a man’s evidence in court is worth half that of a woman’s? Where will this end I wonder.

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