Difference between revisions of "Template:Rape shield law"

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  • "Rape Shield laws are designed to protect a rape victim from the trauma of having

her sexual history brought up to undermine the credibility of her testimony."[Citation Needed]

  • "limits the ability of the defendant’s counsel to introduce the accuser’s sexual history as evidence during a rape trial and therefore can prevent the accuser from being discredited by information that is not relevant to the defendant’s guilt or innocence." Britannica
  • "Rape shield laws expressly prohibit or limit the use of evidence of a victim's past sexual history to undermine that victim's credibility. These laws areintended to protect victims from invasions of their privacy, and to encouragethem to come forward without having to fear that their sexual history will beused against them." LegalMatch