Double Standards Masquerading as Mitigating Circumstances

by matttbastard

I ain’t got nuthin but yet another highball of WTF on the rocks for this one:

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was under pressure today to give full payouts to at least 14 rape victims who had their awards cut because they had been drinking when they were attacked.

Justice minister Bridget Prentice called on the body to automatically review cases where women had been told their alcohol consumption had contributed to their fate, insisting it was not government policy to blame victims and the guidelines had been wrong applied.

Vera Baird, the solicitor general, also issued a rebuke to the authority. “It is vital CICA understand that women are not responsible for men’s criminality because they have a drink or for any other reason,” she said.

“Nobody would suggest that if someone’s wallet was stolen after having a drink then their compensation should be reduced.”

h/t Debra @ BnR

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