Tuesday 31 May 2022
Terms such as "digital strip search" are contemptible. So much for disclosure. So much for due process. So much for a fair trial. So much for the presumption of innocence.
"If a woman says that she has been raped, then she has been." That has been the openly stated position for more than 50 years, mostly under Conservative Prime Ministers and Home Secretaries, and never with either office filled by anyone who was still on the Labour Left.
It is a kind of self-identification, and it requires that the accusation be the proof. Anything less than 100 per cent rates of prosecution and conviction must by definition be wrong.
Meanwhile, false allegations of sexual assault are so "rare" that every male from puberty upwards either knows or is someone to whom it has happened. This is not unconnected to the destruction of the stockades of male employment in and since the Thatcher years.