‘I Think it’s Rape and I Think He Would be Found Not Guilty’

  title={‘I Think it’s Rape and I Think He Would be Found Not Guilty’},
  author={Wendy Larcombe and Bianca Fileborn and Anastasia Powell and Natalia Hanley and Nicola Henry},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  pages={611 - 629}
A legal definition of rape that exonerates an accused who ‘reasonably believes in consent’ is currently in force in a number of jurisdictions in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Limited empirical research has investigated community and professional perceptions of the adequacy and scope of this definition of rape. The present study contributes to qualitative research on ‘reasonable belief in consent’ by analysing key themes from 11 focus group discussions with professionals working… 

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