Evidencing sexual assault: Women in the witness box

Published: 2009

Burman, M.J. (2009) Evidencing sexual assault: women in the witness box.Probation Journal, 56 (4). pp. 379-398.


Drawing on recent research conducted in Scottish criminal courts, this article discusses the evidencing of sexual crimes through victim testimony.  Despite significant reforms, complainers in sexual offence trials still find the process traumatic;  the amount of sexual evidence introduced into the trial has increased;  and the nature of such evidence draws on pervasive and outmoded rape myths.