Further Progress Must Be Made
Peter's talk made us aware of the prevailing shortcomings in the law.
All too often, the only statute that can be applied to an assault is 'The Offences Against the Person' Act of 1861.
We were shown examples of judgements where a rape charge was overturned because "no violence had occurred".
We heard that, historically, women accused in court were judged on how feminine they appeared and advised to dress and behave accordingly.
The discussion at the end of the talk raised more questions than answers.
How can we effectively protect children from incest?
How can we save a 13 year old from an arranged marriage and being taken out of school?
Despite improvements over the decades, it appears we still have a lot to do.
This was an important meeting to raise awareness and promote discussion presented by Peter with a light touch that kept the audience captivated.