A CRITICAL SITUATION FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE

(stats for France)

94k

WOMEN RAPED EACH YEAR

Minimum 2019 estimate

In 91% of the cases, these assaults were perpetrated by someone known to the victim. In 47% of the cases, the spouse or ex-spouse was the perpetrator.

113

feminicides in France

2021 estimate

One woman dies every 48 hours or so as a result of being beaten by an (ex-)partner.

116K

victims of theft and violence on public transport

2020 estimate

they represent 80% of the victims of theft and violence on public transport, and 17% of non-violent thefts committed in France take place on public transport.

30K

number of sexual assaults in france

2020 estimate

Sexual acts without penetration committed on the person of another, by violence, constraint, threat or surprise.

230K

victims of gender-based crimes

2020 estimate

Number up 8% from 2019.From discriminatory language to murder, racism remains firmly entrenched.

1590

victims of homophobic or transphobic crimes

2020 estimate

After years of increase, complaints of homophobic or transphobic insults and assaults decreased by 15% in 2020.

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Some additional statistics

Among the more than 94.000 rapes committed each year in France, only 13% result in the filing of a complaint, and only 2% end up in a conviction in a criminal court. With a massive “reclassification” of rape cases, which end up in correctional court instead of being, as they should be, judged in criminal court; when it is not the statue of limitations that strikes.

Of the 20% of working women who have experienced sexual harassment in their professional life: in 69% of cases, the employer is not made aware of the sexual harassment, and for the victims who dare to take the step, in 40% of cases it ends up to their detriment.

Three out of ten employees feel that they have already been subjected to moral harassment in the workplace.

The figures for other types of violence are not reassuring either. 

14% of French people have been victims of abuse (physical, sexual or psychological) by an adult during their childhood. 60% of them have not told anyone about it.

Finally, let's look at what happened with #metoo and other phenomena of great public unpacking. These mass testimonies, which liberate speech, but can also become lynchings without evidence or trial, long years after the facts, are symptoms of a society in which large populations of victims have never been able to obtain justice.

Some judicial reflections

Since the trial by ordeal, since the preparatory question and the definitive question, since the testimony under oath as the main source of proof, Justice has come a long way.

Ballistics, forensic autopsy, graphological or psychological analysis, fingerprints and DNA, exploitation of various recordings, have made it possible to remove a good part of the "human factor" in the establishment of facts. But important gaps remain.

Why do individuals often not file a complaint in case of assault, lie, moral or sexual harassment, or hazing? Because they know that in addition to the slowness of the legal system, they will have to face suspicions of affabulation, to play their word against that of the offender (who has - and it is fortunate - the presumption of innocence), and to risk the shipwreck in the event of insufficiency of proof.

Even the goodwill legal initiatives to penalize street harassment are insufficient because there is not a police officer at every street intersection.

How many injustices would be avoided if the courts did not rely so much on the analyses of laboratory technicians who, for some, completely falsify the results?

Even without dishonesty on the part of the technical staff, how many children have been taken away from innocent parents, or on the contrary left in the hands of torturers, on the basis of deficient analyses or clever lies? For children in the care of the child welfare system, the situation sometimes seems just as cruel.

Do we think that DNA analysis or fingerprints are very conclusive? They are not, and nothing is easier than cunningly laying out the tracks of an innocent person at a crime scene, or tying bags of drugs under the car of a political opponent.

How can we differentiate between "traumatic amnesia" and "induced memory", when therapists can so easily become gurus, and turn individuals against their loved ones? The obsession with alternative therapies, more and more audacious in their pseudo-scientific claims (psychoanalytical numerology, transgenerational analysis...) creates a fertile ground for distortions of reality.

Without forgetting, as the Outreau trial terribly demonstrated it, that in the testimonies of traumatized victims, the true and the false can become inseparable.

And let's not even talk about false testimonies born of resentment, blackmail, corruption, sexual acts not assumed, psychological disorders...

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