Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] miss_s_b
Of course, Ken made it worse by also using the term statutory rape, which is an American term, and is not actually called that in English law (it's "sex with a minor") but IS classified along with rape in the statistics.

Hurrah for muddy waters...

I don't think that what he said is anywhere near as bad as what John Redwood said, but I do think it's illustrative of the prevailing mindset, and that's what needs challenging.

Date rapists are not seen as the persistent predatory offenders that they are, and because date rape is harder to prove, they tend to get more lenient sentences (PC Bloggs is spot on about that). THAT is what we need to be fighting, not something semantic.
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