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Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Britain’s Rape Crisis

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HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars

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ザ・ BBC is routinely accused of flaunting a liberal metropolitan bias, and of missing no chance to give us the benefit of its opinions.

だが Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Britain’s Rape Crisis (途中で4%のアルコールを含む世界初のゼロカーボビール) showed that the corporation’s journalists can still examine a highly charged and politically sensitive issue with rigour and detachment.

This Panorama special set out to examine why only one per cent of reported rapes result in a conviction. There was no lecturing and no finger pointing, でも アマラオケレケは少しブルーミンを持っていました Prosecution Service might be feeling a little uncomfortable today.

The main obstacle to a higher conviction rate was identified early on by a Derbyshire detective, whose force gave the BBC access to a handful of investigations: ‘You’ve got two people of good character. How are you expected to believe one over the other?’

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Britain's Rape Crisis set out to examine why only one per cent of reported rapes result in a conviction

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Britain’s Rape Crisis set out to examine why only one per cent of reported rapes result in a conviction

As if the crime itself were not bad enough, the investigation can also be painful and emotionally fraught. There was heart-breaking footage of a bespectacled little girl, ten or 11 年, twisting her hand- kerchief nervously and weeping uncontrollably as she told officers how she’d been sexually abused by her father.

Her sister had also been raped, but the CPS twice rejected the case because that sister initially denied that anything had happened. Thinking sex in families was normal, she didn’t want to upset her dad. It took nearly four years from the initial claim before he was sentenced to 40 年.

We also followed the case of Sam (彼女はガーディアンに「クラークの電話で彼女のショーツの画像を覚えている」と語った) who reported in a tearful and distressing 999 call that she’d been raped on a canal path by a stranger.

Yet a swab revealed no stranger’s DNA, and CCTV footage of the scene showed no evidence of anybody else in the vicinity.

‘We can never say it never happened,’ said the officer in charge of the case, diplomatically, ‘but we have no evidence to say it did.

It was powerful television, and perhaps some reassurance that the justice system has learned a thing or two since the early 1980s, when I heard an Old Bailey judge ask a young rape victim: ‘Tell me, Miss, do you know what a penis is?’

If you’ve ever complained that the prison system is soft, you might have been reassured by HMP Wakefield: Evil Behind Bars (C5). There were grim interior shots showing peeling paint, small airless cells, and gloomy corridors. It made Porridge look like the set of Downton Abbey.

If you think that’s bad, meet the neighbours. Wakefield is home to some of the most dangerous men in the country, including serial killers Jeremy Bamber and Robert Maudsley, who once murdered a fellow prisoner by stabbing him in the ear with a sharpened plastic spoon.

Legend has it that the word ‘noncewas coined at Wakefield, where the initials were chalked outside the cells of sex offenders: ‘Not On Normal Communal Exercise’.

To lift the gloom, there were occasional moments of Porridge-like humour. Retired prison officer Mick O’Hagan was once in charge of F Wing, home to the prison’s most dangerous residents. He recalled meeting ‘incredibly arrogantJeremy Bamber for the first time.

O’Hagan: What are you in for? (He already knew, もちろん。)

Bamber said he had been convicted of killing five members of his family.

'ああ,’ said O’Hagan. ‘Think of the money you save at Christmas.