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a victim’s testimony in a rape trial.Comment: You presented a good discussion of the purpose of Rape Shield Laws and listed some of the components of these laws. Please see the model answer below. Modern rape shield laws are in place within many jurisdictions to serve as protection for rape victims who have endured many debilitating obstacles in the past with perpetrators who sought to promote a consent defense and/or humiliate the victim. 1 Prior to the development of many rape reform laws in recent decades, many cases took place in which a sexual predator and/or serial rapist would present and incorporate certain aspects of a victim’s past into the trial in order persuade a judge and/or jury into believing that a rape had not incurred and that the sexual intercourse was voluntarily consented by the victim. 2 Unfortunately, this course of actionwas successful in preventing many victims of rape from ever reporting the crime to authorities for fear of humiliation and even backlash from family members and the general public. The purpose of rape shield laws is intended to forbid the admission of most types of evidence which may reveal a rape victim’s past sexual conduct for the purpose to provide proof that consent was given for the intercourse to take place. 3 The exception to this provision includes a judge’s decision to allow such evidence in what is known as a camera hearing, which is not in thephysical presence of a jury. Some examples of components which traditionally pertain to rape shield laws include a victim’s specific dress or fashion, the denial of a victim’s request to be presented as evidence during the trial for a perpetrator to wear a condom during the rape, and
the potential defense tactic of a perpetrator to state to a jury that a victim’s testimony/claim does not need to be collaborated by other evidence. 4 Resources 1. Lisa M. Storms. Criminal Law. Flat World Knowledge. (2012). Retrieved from 2. Id. at 250 3. Id. at 250 4. Id. at 250Question 12 of 1215.0/ 15.0 PointsPlease summarize the modern position on the requirement of corroborative testimony in a rape case, and how this is different than early common law. Why has there been a change? Discuss fully and please list your references in Bluebook format. Please note your essay answer should contain at least 250 words.