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Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Only 1,070 rapists are convicted every year despite up to 95,000 people – the vast majority of them women – suffering the trauma of rape – according to the new research by the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics.
The Independent, 10 January 2013

In a supposedly progressive society which aims to protect the individual how can this be? Do our other values, such as the assumption of innocence until proven guilty have a role to play? Should this assumption be questioned for situations in which hard evidence beyond individual testimony is notoriously hard to come by? Or are there other ways in which the system needs to change to protect people from the most traumatic and often life-threatening crimes?

Discussion Panel
  • Hugh Whittall (Chair), Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • Dr. Sam Taylor, Co-Director, Veritas
  • Dr. Catherine White OBE, Clinical Director, St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre
  • Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England
  • Dr. Kate Cook, Manchester Law School & Gender Knowledge Cluster Leader

£4.00 each.
50% donated to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

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