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Report No. 84

IV. Interrogation of Female Victims of Sexual Offences

3.11. Reporting and investigation.-

These matters concern the arrest and detention of women in general. We now deal with certain matters peculiar to women who are victims of sexual offences. Women who have been raped are reluctant to report it partly because of the embarrassment of discussing the details with male policemen, and partly because of the very fear of the even more painful humiliation of being a witness in Court. They get scared and become confused when, in the strange environment of the Courtroom, they have to conduct themselves in a manner foreign to their custom and under a restraint not conducive to clear coherent thought or to free expression.

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