Female judge tells women that rapes will only decline when they stop getting drunkBy Mason White 12:28 PM August 27, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A female judge of the United Kingdom, told women that in order to stop rapes they should refrain from drinking alcohol.
66-year-old Judge Mary Jane Mowat, worked at Oxford until her retirement earlier this month.
In her jurisdiction, only 24 percent of rape prosecutions resulted in convictions, while the national conviction rate for rape in England, is 60 percent.
“It’s an inevitable fact that it is the word of one person against another, and the burden of proof is that you have to be sure before we convict,” Mowat said.
“I will also say that the statistics for rape convictions will not improve until women stop getting drunk,” she added.
“I’m not saying it’s right to rape a drunk woman, and I’m not saying for a moment that it is permissible to take advantage of a drunk woman, but a jury in a position where you have a woman who claims: ‘I was absolutely out of my head, I cannot really remember what I was doing, I cannot remember what I said, I cannot remember whether or not I agreed, but I know I would not have done it,’ how are they supposed to react?” she said.
Organizations for women’s rights slammed the judge’s position, calling her statement outrageous.
“Rape is 100 percent the fault of the perpetrator, and suggesting otherwise only serves to fuel myths that do nothing other than discourage women from reporting this crime, or access the help they need,” one group said in a statement.