Monday, February 7, 2011

Mary Anne Franks on Georgia Bill Proposing to Replace "Victim" with "Accuser" for Certain Crimes Including Rape

Concurring Opinions Blog: Victims to the left of me, accusers to the right: Does Bobby Franklin know something we don't about rape?, by Mary Anne Franks:

Georgia Georgia state representative Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) has recently proposed a bill that would require the word “victim” to be replaced with “accuser” in the state’s criminal codes. If this were the whole story, the bill might pose a moderately interesting metaphysical question: aren’t all crime victims merely accusers unless and until a court delivers a conviction? While the answer to that question is perhaps rather obviously no, that is not the question the bill actually raises: Rep. Franklin doesn’t think that people who claim to have been robbed, assaulted, or defrauded are merely “accusers.” No, those people are still “victims” even before a conviction is handed down, and indeed even if no conviction ever materializes. The bill only applies to certain crimes – namely, rape, stalking, and family violence. That is, the only crimes affected by this bill are those crimes disproportionately committed against women and committed disproportionately by men. . . .

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/reproductive_rights/2011/02/georgia-representatives-controversial-bill-would-replace-victim-with-accuser-in-certain-criminal-sta.html

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