Harriet Harman, the equality minister in the British Cabinet, has announced a review of the method by which police deal with rape cases. Many women groups have complained about the bias all too often displayed by police in handling rape cases. According to Harman, “we have had review after review, research project after research project, and still women are not getting the protection of the law when they are raped or suffer domestic violence.” In a nutshell, she is calling for “less talk and more action.”
Last year, 6.5% of alleged rapes led to a conviction. OK, in many cases, there might well be the issue of consent to have sex, but 6.5% merely reflects the lack of protection offered women who have been physically and emotionally assaulted. Yes, less talk, and more action is the solution!