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Rape / British Law #240139

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 22, 1975
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(Studio) Rape and its handling by police and courts subject of considerable controversy; Britain entangled in controversy now.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Since last fall, 7 woman raped on Cambridge campus by savage rapists; women on campus and in town live in fear. In last 4 years, rape in Britain increase more than 30%. New ruling passed by highest British court says accused rapist can be cleared by claiming he believed victim consented. 7 mos. ago, Annie Blake raped savagely; lost her case because of new law. [Mrs. BLAKE - says she couldn't have been willing as rapist claimed.] [Parliament member Jack ASHLEY - says he's received hundreds of letters requesting change in law.] [British law society David NAPLEY - thinks law necessary in view of new moral standards.] [Mrs. BLAKE - relates her constant fear of being raped again.]
REPORTER: Susan Peterson

Cronkite, Walter;
Peterson, Susan

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