First published in 1987, Rape on Trial investigates the impact of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1976 and considers the treatment of rape victims by the courts in United Kingdom. Extracts from trials are used extensively, and the author examines in particular: how the anonymity provisions have worked out in practice; how far the victim’s previous sexual history is brought up in court; how far she is held to be responsible for her victimisation; ways in which the validity of her complaint is questioned in court; and defence strategies to present her as a legitimate victim. Also included are a critical discussion of the controversial question of sentencing for rape, and new proposals for legislative and procedural change. Extremely pertinent to current times, this book will be of interest to students of law, criminology, sociology as well as to any concerned citizen.

    Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The trouble with rape 2. The legal origins 3. Rape cases at the Old Bailey 4. The limits of anonymity 5. As his Lordship pleases 6. The importance of being perfect 7. The prime suspect 8. Verdict, mitigation and sentence 9. The lesson from abroad 10. An insoluble problem? Appendix Notes Select bibliography Index


    Zsuzsanna Adler