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It is not often that female complainants of sexual assaults are readily believed by criminal justice institutions. Often, they are re-victimised and turned into suspects instead of being seen as victims. The law itself is often blind to their plight and unique needs. Poor and insensitive investigations, cautionary rules of evidence, insensitive cross examination, among others, combine to condemn them to secondary citizenship in the criminal justice system. Often, the criminal justice system in sexual assault cases unfairly tilts in favour of an accused without considering the needs of victims (and their families) and the public.

Fortunately, in this case the Court of Appeal demonstrated remarkable understanding of the needs of victims of sexual assaults and balancing the rights of the accused and those of the victim.