Center For Women's Justice, England, Harriet discussed on Woman's Hour

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Now is and what we should see is what about the rest of the entourage who facilitated the grooming and trafficking and abuse of these young women and what about all the powerful men that were provided with young underage girls to write what about them? Are they going to be held to account now? You mentioned that this is one in a series of high profile cases recently. Do you think they really have a positive impact? Do you see more women coming forward and stepping up to go through what is a very harrowing process because of these high profile show trials that we can call them up? Yes, I think they are an important signal. They're important signal, particularly if you've been abused by somebody powerful to know that this is not the coming forward can result in justice. So I think it is important. And I think we have seen increased reporting because there is an increase focus and possibility of justice. But it is an incredibly tough journey to undertake. And we should absolutely salute the courage of those that do come forward. And they do so not just for themselves, but they do so because they know there are other victims out there. And that is why so many women put themselves through what is an incredibly tough process to try and bring as rapists sex traffickers and abusers to justice. It's a very adversarial process, and we understand, of course, that when someone has been accused of very serious crimes, there needs to be a robust process to make sure that the right person is being convicted. But is there, is there a way? That it could be done that would put less of a less onerous burden on those women and on victims, whatever their gender who come forward. Yes, I mean, I think that the process is incredibly brutal and in fact we are certainly in England looking at a whole range of different sorts of measures that can make women feel less like the ones on trial. And that starts at the very point at which women report that they should be taken seriously and believed unless there is absolute evidence that they're not giving a proper account that they shouldn't be subject to scrutiny as though they are coming forward to report for some ulterior motive. They should be they should be supported and all the way through the investigation process. They should be given much more support and they should the focus of these investigations should very much be on suspects not on the victims and in finding ways in which to support and corroborate their evidence rather than that the whole case is based just on them and finding a way to try and undermine their credibility. Harriet was from the center for women's justice. Thank you very much indeed for giving us your insights today. Now it is a hundred days since many teenage girls in Afghanistan have been banned from going to school. The Taliban has been in control since August and American and British troops pulled out just days before. It's very difficult now to see those hard won rights and opportunities for girls that have been accrued over decades slipping away. Yesterday, former prime minister Gordon Bryan, who is now UN special envoy for global education, said, we're sleepwalking towards the biggest humanitarian crisis of our times in Afghanistan..

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