Tristane Banon

When Rapists Get a Pass

by Diane Dimond on July 18, 2011

Future President of France or Rapist?

The first order of business for a man accused of rape is to discredit the accuser. If he can paint her as promiscuous or having some sort of shady background the strength of her charges will diminish. This doesn’t, of course, mean the man is innocent but the more dirt that can be dug up on the woman the better his prospects are for acquittal.

This is the way it has always been and the way our legal system allows these types cases to proceed – smear the accuser and you might just get away with it.

Another ugly little secret about pending rape charges is that if the defense team can’t scare the woman away by telling her what they’ve discovered about her past, they then approach prosecutors. [click to continue…]

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