Limiting the time alleged victims of sexual abuse have to report incidents will help convict the guilty and clear the innocent, criminal defence lawyer Nick Freeman has said.
Mr Freeman has stated that three years should be the maximum period for a report to be made.
This, he argued, would bring these allegations on a parity basis with personal injury claims in a civil court. And, in relation to children, he added the three-year rule should commence when they reached the age of 18.
And, in exceptional circumstances, upon application to a High Court judge, the limited period can be waived.
Mr Freeman will tell BBC Radio Three Counties presenter Jonathan Vernon Smith this morning (9am, Monday, October 30) that a time limit would incentivise complainants to come forward and, additionally, would reduce the “trashing of reputations beyond the grave”!
He said: “The time is long overdue for the Government to look at the time that complainants have to come forward to report an alleged sexual assault.
“By having a three-year time limit, I strongly believe it will reduce the capacity for serial offending, because those who are guilty won’t have time on their side.
“It will also help complainants rebuild their lives and quicken the healing process.
“By introducing a time limit I believe this will provide a fairer system to both complainants and defendants, and it will be easier for the Crown Prosecution Service to accurately assess if there would be a 50 per cent chance of a conviction.
“How can the police search for evidence at a ‘crime scene’ 30, 40 or 50 years after the incident supposedly happened?”
Mr Freeman added: “For many years I have been an advocate for anonymity in sex cases, and I believe this will strengthen the argument as historical cases become a thing of the past!”
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