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Chilling signal in rape case

Issue No. 2228

A woman jailed for “falsely retracting” allegations that she had been raped six times by her husband is to remain in prison after being refused permission to appeal against her eight-month sentence.

The woman was jailed for perverting the course of justice by withdrawing rape allegations. She said she had done so because her estranged husband and his sister had “emotionally blackmailed” her, not because they were false.

Holly Dustin, from the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said, “Imprisoning a woman for a ‘false retraction’ of a rape allegation sends out a chilling message that the criminal justice system is still in the dark ages in relation to sexual violence—and does not understand the pressure women come under from perpetrators during the legal process.”

The judge in the case, Judge John Rogers QC, earlier this year gave a suspended prison term to a man convicted of breaking his wife’s arm with a piece of exercise equipment.

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Tue 16 Nov 2010, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2228
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