Tonight we will be discussing recently proposed changes in the way rape cases are to be handled in New Zealand.
The Labor Party, long thought of as a bastion of reason, promises to shift the burden of evidence to the accused rather than on the accuser by not allowing the accused or their council to cross-examine the alleged victim. The National Party wants the assertion of the accused’s right not to give evidence that may incriminate them as an indication of guilt.
This effort parallels efforts here in the U.S., which aim to do away with due process for college students facing sexual assault and harassment allegations, as well as a rash of rape hysteria in the U.K.
We invite anyone from New Zealand—and anyone else interested—to call in to talk with us tonight about these developments.