In Oxford, England, Judge Mary Jane Mowat said women drinking too much is keeping the country’s rape conviction rate low at just 24 percent. This could also be read as women out living their lives and having a good night out should stop living their lives and having a good night out to prevent rape. So, where are the rapists in this blame fest?
As she retired from her seat as a circuit judge and put her powdered wig away forever, Judge Mowat, according to the Mirror, said the following:
"It is an inevitable fact of it being one person's word against another and the burden of proof being that you have to be sure before you convict," said the 66-year-old.
"I will also say and I will be pilloried for saying so, but the rape conviction statistics will not improve until women stop getting so drunk.
"I'm not saying it's right to rape a drunken woman, I'm not saying for a moment that it's allowable to take advantage of a drunken woman.
"But a jury in a position where they've got a woman who says 'I was absolutely off my head, I can't really remember what I was doing, I can't remember what I said, I can't remember if I consented or not but I know I wouldn't have done'. I mean when a jury is faced with something like that, how are they supposed to react?"
Maybe do a better job of using evidence in the case to prove the rapist is guilty? Just a thought. No matter how you slice it, rapes will stop happening when rapists stop raping people. Period. But that social problem is much harder to fix than, say, blaming the victims of life-altering sexual assault who already have enough to overcome.