After section 3

Part of Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:15 pm on 6th March 2002.

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Photo of Bill Aitken Bill Aitken Conservative 3:15 pm, 6th March 2002

If Trish Godman will let me finish the point, I will.

The offence of rape attracts a degree of odium—and rightly so—that few other offences attract. As such, the accusation, never mind the conviction, reflects on the individual, although he may be quite innocent.