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A Right to Be Believed? Testimony in Sexual Abuse Cases (the Forum)
16 May 2016, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sexual offences have frequently gone unpunished because victims have not been believed. This stands in the way of justice and constitutes an additional wrong; according to one victim, not being believed by the police “was almost worse than the rape itself”. In light of this, many have called for a “right to be believed”. But how can this be reconciled with the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”? And when, if at all, do we have a right that someone should believe our testimony? Our panel – a philosopher, a barrister, and a legal theorist – will debate these questions.
Peter Dennis, Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (LSE) and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow