5 Proving Crimes of Sexual Violence

Priya Gopalan, Daniela Kravetz and Aditya Menon

in Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780198768562
5 Proving Crimes of Sexual Violence

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This chapter details an account of the experience of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) in presenting evidence of sexual violence in the courtroom, showing how successful outcomes for sexual violence prosecutions depend upon effective contributions from many different actors throughout the legal process. Victims play a key role and are at the heart of many sexual violence prosecutions. As each victim is impacted differently by sexual violence, the OTP has been guided by a witness-centred approach, tailored to the needs of each individual. Yet while victims are an important source of evidence in sexual violence cases, diversifying sources of evidence can also improve the prosecution’s ability to secure sexual violence convictions. Additionally, this chapter examines the broad range of evidence-including testimony from victims and other witnesses, as well as expert, forensic, and documentary evidence—that is potentially relevant.

Chapter.  61 pages.  36576 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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