Rape Case More Difficult For the Accused
The mere filing of a Rape Case against an individual especially a prominent personality is in essence the easiest way to ruin one's reputation. Though presumed innocent until proved otherwise, most accused especially the well-known or the famous character suffers a lot from ridicule and from being judged by people in the community, even before a final judgment from a court of justice is released just because of irresponsible airing and presentations in any television networks or other media coverage resulting in trial by publicity.
The presumption of innocence unless proven beyond reasonable doubt is based on the principle of justice designed to prevent conviction of the innocent. The Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled in a number of cases that, proof must survive the test of reasons. The conviction must be based on moral certainty, for it is better to acquit a guilty person rather than convict an innocent man. (Source: People vs. Dramayo, 42 SCRA 60 and People vs. Vasques, et.al. G.R. No. 102366, October 3, 1997)
How hard is it therefore for an innocent accused to disprove that he did not commit the crime of rape against an individual?
Today I have read two articles concerning rape in United Kingdom:
and now a very good Filipino citizen journalist friend Cemanes invited me to read and comment on a well written article that actual highlight another angle concerning rape. Its of course a very interesting coincidence hopefully it will bring more understanding about the problems of rape cases when justice is in process.
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