Our thanks to Richard for this. An extract:
Remaining silent during a rape could be seen as consent, the country’s most senior prosecutor has suggested.
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said a suspect in such a case could have a “reasonable belief” that they had been given consent and so may not face prosecution.
Ms Saunders explained that the CPS should act as “a protection” for both sides in the wake of a rape allegation and ensure that suspects are not wrongly put on trial. [J4MB emphasis. Is Saunders announcing a policy about-turn?]…
“We are there not just to be able to prosecute cases where there has been an offence, but also not to prosecute cases where there isn’t sufficient evidence.” [J4MB emphasis: Mark Pearson? Kato Harris? Many others?]
She said the judgment in such cases was about “context” and insisted that despite recent criticisms, she understood the “devastating” impact rape allegations could have on the lives of innocent suspects. [J4MB emphasis: She “understood”, and revelled in the devastation of innocent men.]
“We have never done the extreme of if someone says they’ve been raped or just wants to shout rape then that’s enough,” she added.