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Naming a rape victim - not as serious as wearing an offensive T-shirt, apparently

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edam Tue 06-Nov-12 15:25:10

the price of naming a rape victim is just £600 One of the criminals was a teacher, FFS...

People have been sent to actual prison for making racist remarks on twitter, for posting about the riots on facebook, for joking about an airport being closed... yet naming a rape victim, something that most people would agree actually is quite a serious offence, is treated far more leniently. Seems all out of kilter.

(I'm not in favour of the ludicrously heavy sentences for jokes or T-shirts, personally, but I do think naming a rape victim should be treated as an extremely serious matter.

JuliaScurr Tue 06-Nov-12 15:28:47


FrothyOM Tue 06-Nov-12 16:03:36

£600 is not a deterrent. angry

edam Tue 06-Nov-12 21:28:24

bump - would be surprised if no-one else was bothered by this...

lionheart Wed 07-Nov-12 13:59:01

I wonder how the conversation in the staff-room or with the Head went.

MooncupGoddess Wed 07-Nov-12 14:03:00

There has been some ridiculous sentencing recently. I try not to get worked up into a Daily Mail-style 'judges are bonkers' froth, but I do wonder what's going on sometimes.

edam Wed 07-Nov-12 14:32:58

Thing is, naming a rape victim is clearly illegal and wrong in itself, but it's also close to contempt of court or interfering in the administration of justice or something like that - it's flouting not only a law but the administration of the law. I'd say that makes it an extremely serious matter. Far more serious than wearing an offensive T-shirt or tweeting a stupid joke. Yet apparently a judge didn't think so. (Although the judge did say it was very serious, so why the extremely lenient sentences?)

lionheart Wed 07-Nov-12 15:12:26

It is quite arbitrary, or so it seems.

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