Menu

Women who are raped when voluntarily intoxicated receive scant protection from the criminal justice system

0 Comment

When one has a situation wherein the woman was voluntarily intoxicated immediately preceding and during the time of the rape, the complexity of the issue exponentially increases. In an online article dated December 6, 2006 and entitled Juries blame women for drunk rape, it was reported that an experiment was conducted with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, and such experiment revealed that jurors are still blaming women if they willingly get paralytic, even if their drinks are spiked with extra alcohol. To analyze this issue further and determine whether or not women receive scant protection from the justice system when they are found to be voluntarily intoxicated at the time of the commission of the rape, this paper will look into two cases with different outcomes. The first one is the landmark case of Ryairi Dougal, heard and decided in this jurisdiction. The second one is a case that happened in the Philippines involving a Filipina girl and a US serviceman, that landed in international news because of the severe diplomatic implications that it generated and the widespread furor it created.