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Balancing the Scales : Rape, law reform and Australian culture - Patricia Easteal

Balancing the Scales

Rape, law reform and Australian culture

By: Patricia Easteal (Editor)

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The past two decades have seen a succession of reforms to sexual assault laws in all Australian jurisdictions. This book examines how effective these reforms have been in light of the fact that such changes challenge the 'traditional' social norms of the legal system: male dominance, acceptability of male violence and women's responsibility for male violence. Has a better balance been struck between the rights of victims to protection, assistance and compensation and the rights of accused to a fair trial and preservation of the presumption of innocence? And what still remains to be done? These and many other questions are those explored by the contributors.

The cultural context of rape and reform Patricia Easteal Disputed truths: Australian reform of the sexual conduct elements of common law rape Mary Heath Constructing lack of consent Bernadette McSherry The rules of recent complaint: Rape myths and the legal construction of the "reasonable" rape victim Simon Bronitt "You should scrutinise her evidence with great care": Corroboration of women's testimony about sexual assault Kathy Mack Rape victims on trial: Regulating the use and abuse of sexual history evidence Terese Henning and Simon Bronitt Tipping the scales in her favour: The need to protect counselling records in sexual assault trials Annie Cossins Rape in marriage: Has the license lapsed? Patricia Easteal Heroines of fortitude Pia van de Zandt Sexual offence prosecutions: A barrister's perspective Ian Freckelton Character, credit, context: Women's lives, judicial "reality" Jocelynne Scutt Sentencing for rape Kate Warner Compensating the sexually assaulted Ian Freckelton Beyond balancing Patricia Easteal Table of cases/ Table of statutes/ Readings/ Index

ISBN: 9781862873049
ISBN-10: 1862873046
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: August 1998
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.000 x 15.000
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1