Our thanks to Jeff for this. An extract:
I recently spent a week in court, watching the trial of a young man accused of rape. The experience shocked me.
First, the alleged victim and the accused were treated very differently. The young woman — rape victims are, of course, always anonymous — was called by her first name and treated deferentially by the barristers and judge.
The young man was treated almost as a criminal from the start. He was addressed by his surname and, to me, it seemed a subliminal sub-text was ever-present — that there was no doubt he had committed the crime. In the end, however, the jury found him not guilty by a unanimous verdict.