Suggestions on reform of the law of rape in South Australia
The law of rape in South Australia is governed by the common law and the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 SA. Recently, there have been inquiries as to the low conviction rate for sexual assault offences (1.8 per cent of reported rape cases against adult women resulted in convictions in 2002), which might indicate the insufficiency of law in this area .
There are many reasons for the low conviction rate. Among all, emphasis will be put on the steps to establish a conviction. That is, the requirement for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt. In South Australia,…
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