The London Legal Salon returns at 1930 on the 8th of May 2013 to the Hoop and Grapes Pub on Farringdon Street. The topic of the discussion is a new paper by Helen Reece of the London School of Economics titled: ‘Rape Myths: Is Elite Opinion Right and Public Opinion Wrong?’
Many have argued that reform around Rape law has failed. Either it has failed to raise the conviction rate, or worse, it has failed to instil confidence in victims of rape that the state can prosecute these crimes effectively. Many attribute the lack in any rise in rape convictions to ‘myths’ around rape. It is said that the erroneous beliefs of rape complainants and those involved in prosecuting and trying rape cases are to blame for the lack of any increase in people being found guilty.
In her new paper, Dr Helen Reece of the London School of Economics argues that the repressiveness of current attitudes towards rape has been largely overstated, and that such ‘rape myths’ are not to blame for the steady conviction rate. Are misconceptions about rape leading to miscarriages of justice? Should we be doing more to ensure convictions? Or is there another explanation for why more and more people are reporting rape, whilst roughly the same number year on year are being convicted?
Join the London Legal Salon at the Hoop and Grapes Public House on Farringdon Street to discuss Rape Myths on Wednesday the 8th of May 2013 at 1930.