Everyday Victim Blaming

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Another article revealing attitudes in the legal profession

Within this article, which notes the need for specialist services for child victims of sexual assault, their use of language is still problematic.  See the quote below:

” In the case in hand, the child required more protection because of her existing vulnerability, not less. At the same time, it seems that this defendant was not responsible for her initial corruption. There are cases where the offending will be of lower culpability and public outrage at the use of certain words, whilst understandable, should not influence sentencing policy which has to deal with a wide range of criminal circumstances. Of course, all of this comes at a time when there is an awful lot of criticism surrounding advocates cross examining vulnerable witnesses in trials, even though they are bound to fearlessly defend their clients..”

Look up the word 'corruption' whilst you're looking up 'predatory', folks. Corrupted is what sex offenders are, not their victims. Seems they're all at it, even when they claim to be on our side.

 

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  • Admin says:

    This is so frustrating. Language is powerful – why else does it need to keep evolving? Thank you for your post, Lucy.