Family court judges in the UK could get training on how to appropriately deal with cases of sexual assault allegations after a woman complained about a judge’s “outdated views” on the definition of rape. The woman has won an appeal after arguing that the judge’s approach led to her losing a fight wherein she had accused a man of raping her.

She said the judge had concluded that because she had taken “no physical steps” to stop the man, “this did not constitute rape”. The high court judge who oversaw the woman’s appeal has described Tolson’s approach towards the issue of consent as “manifestly at odds … [with] what is currently acceptable socio-sexual conduct”.

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