Edinburgh Research Explorer

Sense and sensibilities: A feminist critique of legal interventions against sexual violence

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related Edinburgh Organisations

Open Access permissions



  • Download as Adobe PDF

    Rights statement: This article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in the Edinburgh Law Review, and can be accessed at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/elr.2019.0523. 

    Accepted author manuscript, 324 KB, PDF document

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-51
JournalEdinburgh Law Review
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


Feminists have spent decades trying to reform laws and evidential procedures relating to sexual assault. Using the current Scottish context as a case study, I will argue in this article that while efforts to reform the text of the substantive as well as evidential and procedural aspects of the law have been largely successful, in practice the impact of these reforms has not always been felt. Drawing on contemporary examples from Scotland, and contextualizing these against the broader context of similar problems and arguments in other jurisdictions such as England and Wales, and Canada, I will examine the ways in which the ‘laws on the books’ have not always translated smoothly through to ‘law in action’. Ultimately, I argue that our all too frequent failures to punish sexual violence in a meaningful way suggests that we need to think again about how we deal with issues of sexual violence in contemporary society.

    Research areas

  • sexual violence, rape myths, Scotland, Criminal law, evidence, judgments

Download statistics

No data available

ID: 75326962