The Rape Crisis Blog

I've created this blog in order to bring to the forefront the sad reality of rape victims throughout the world in the 21st century. Currently I'm collecting every piece of information I can find regarding this subject, and put it here with reference to the origin. Please comment and spread it to people that may find this interesting.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Cultural rape used as legal tool

DEFENCE lawyers were in part to blame for perpetuating the myth that rape was acceptable in Aboriginal culture, an Aboriginal professor of law said. Larissa Behrendt, professor of law at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a prize-winning author, said the cultural law defence was being concocted, even to the present day, and accepted by judges. The practice was damaging to the rights of victims, she said. Professor Behrendt was speaking after a week of agonising over shocking allegations of rape and sexual abuse in some Aboriginal communities, even rape of babies. She said the cultural defence had arisen in cases in which Aboriginal men had been accused of sexual assault. .

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