Juvenile victims of crime

Posted on 20-05-17 by Stuart P. Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

Our society should protect juvenile victims from experienced and intimidating professionals trying to belittle the victims traumatic experiences in an attempt to defraud the law.

I have just finsihed watching the excellent and moving BBC drama "Three Girls" about the Rochdale groomings and abuse cases. I too have experienced the process of having to appear in Crown Court as a young victim and know how terrifying the whole experience can be.

It is disgraceful how our society lets this haoppen, allowing ambitious and highly trained professionals to mock a child's lowest point in the hope of proving his or her client's innocence.

I believe all questions to be asked of a victim younger than the age of 18 should be vetted in advance.

More qualified people than me know who best to do the vetting but I imagine probably something like a court appointed lawyer working together with a child welfare expert could work.

Whatever the nuts and bolts, children brave enough to stand up in court should be protected from manipulative and malicious lines of questioning aimed almost entirely towards tripping them up and often to wrongly prove the innocence of a guilty person.

Referring to: Justice and Home Affairs

The Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission examines Labour thinking on issues such as policing, the justice system, immigration and asylum, and political and constitutional reform.

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