The Issue Of Rape And Sexual Violence Essay

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The future of research in legal studies is almost guaranteed by the fact that in order for our society to function and not fall in to anarchy, there will always exist a legal system. Legal systems are flawed institutions that require constant reform based on changing societal values. It is the ongoing research on changing societal values which helps inform government bodies and legal institutions on have they can reform the law to improve justice and create a safe and fair society. This essay uses the example of cases of rape and sexual violence, which have changed with the rise of feminism throughout recent history. It draws in to question the problems with rape and sexual violence trials in Australia which are causing low reporting rates and even lower conviction rates. With the development of feminist criminological theory, so came the development of law reform which aims to protect female victims in rape trials to encourage reporting and increase convictions. The gendered nature of rape trials, which call in to question topics such as sexuality, promiscuity, chastity and consent, makes the feminist perspective a fitting framework for critiquing and developing law reform in Australia.
Rape shows one of the largest crime dark figures across all crime statistics. The “crime dark figure” is the number of unreported crimes that are not represented in crime statistics. The existence of this figure is shown through comparative studies between official police statistics and…

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