Our Law Is Failing the Victims of Sex Crimes; RAPE DESPAIR: DAILY RECORD DEBATE

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Our Law Is Failing the Victims of Sex Crimes; RAPE DESPAIR: DAILY RECORD DEBATE


We were flooded

with messages after our story of tragic Lindsay Armstrong. Here are more of your thoughtsI'm glad you have highlighted this issue - what a tragic waste. No way should the poor girl have been so humiliated in open court.

This is just the tip of the iceberg - how many victims haven't reported crimes knowing they'll have to go through this ordeal in court? Such action, or should I say inaction, by the judiciary should encourage people to take direct action themselves against the localWomen are left feeling as if it's their fault - the law must be changed scum who make life unbearable.

Women are left feeling guilty, as if it is their fault. The law needs to be changed to protect victims instead of the animals who commit these crimes - Jo, Irvine.

I think the law in Scotland is a farce. We are only human beings and when terrible things happen, we should know that we have proper support. - S Gray

How can the law be doing enough to protect sex victims when it's the law who look for loop holes to set these creeps free? - Mick, Glasgow.

No, the law does not do enough for victims of rape. That's why so many go unreported and, after reading this story, I now understand why. Why was this girl's underwear an issue? Her poor parents are right, she was raped all over again by the court. What a disgrace. My prayers are with them and their beautiful wee lassie - Susan, Ayrshire.

The law as it stands at the moment seems to be more concerned with looking after the guilty and not the wronged. Bring back the birch - Bob.

Bet that lawyer was congratulating himself over an excellent days' work defending a scumbag. …

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