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Rape Shield Laws’ Effectiveness and Ethical Dilemma
Are rape shield laws effective or not?
Rape shield laws were enacted to encourage reporting of sexual assault and to prevent evidence that might prejudice a jury. Research rape shield laws and discuss whether they are effective or not. Discuss the exceptions to such laws. Discuss if you believe exceptions should be allowed. Discuss the difficulty of protecting the victim while at the same time ensuring that the defendant’s rights are covered as well. While discussing this point, remember the accused’s right to due process and the victim’s right to justice. What can or should be done to protect both the victim’s and the accused’s rights?