Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Press Association article:

Women 'less sympathetic' over rape
3 hours ago

Sexual jealousy means female jurors are less likely to sympathise with rape victims, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren claimed.

She said that lawyers defending a man on trial for rape would prefer more women on the jury as they would believe the victim "was asking for it".

Her comments came in a discussion about competition between women in an interview to promote her latest film, Inkheart.

Dame Helen, 63, said: "In a rape case the courts - in defence of a man - would select as many women as they could for the jury, because women go against women.

"Whether in a deep-seated animalistic way, going back billions of years, or from a sense of tribal jealousy or just antagonism, I don't know.

"But other women on a rape case would say she was asking for it. The only reason I can think of is that they're sexually jealous."

Her comments in the Sunday Times Magazine came just a few months after she waded into controversy by speaking about being a victim of date-rape.

Asked if she reported the incidents, which took place when she was younger, to the police, she told GQ: "No, you couldn't do that in those days.

"It's such a tricky area, isn't it? Especially if there is no violence. I mean, look at Mike Tyson. I don't think he was a rapist."

Former heavyweight champion Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 for raping a Miss Black America beauty contestant in an Indiana hotel room.


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