Felicity writes for The Justice Gap on understanding sex crime trials

“There were calls this week to review the way sex crime trials are dealt with because a victim committed suicide during proceedings and in another sex abuse case an advocate was criticized for robust cross examination of a witness.

Being raped is a test of a person’s strength. Proving it is a trial. Very few reported rapes result in conviction but reassuringly about 60% of rape trials are successful prosecutions. Victims feel violated whatever the law. It is important that they complain so that an investigation can be launched. It is just as important that the investigation is conducted properly and fairly, looking at the evidence from both sides.”

read full article