A Masculocentric Reality: The Limits of Sexual Assault Law Reform and Choices for the Future
Sister In Law, Vol. 1, pp. 11-31, 1996
11 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2009 Last revised: 20 Jun 2018
Date Written: 1996
Issues which limit the opportunity for law reform in the area of sexual assault include the cultural context of society, police response, and attitudes within the courts, especially those of judges. Easteal suggests a number of ways of overcoming these problems, such as: mandatory education; a fairer legal process to ensure the victim's rights; changing the composition of the judiciary; quality control of the courts and increased accountability with on-going research and monitoring of the police and courts; and attitude change within society.
Keywords: law reform, sexual assault
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