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Has it really come to this?!

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10th Oct 2006, 23:56  

yes, it has

11th Oct 2006, 00:12

DocD says:

Thin end of da wedge

11th Oct 2006, 00:29

hildegard says:

No, not really, it hasn't come to anything. Go back & look at reminiscence projects, social archives... it's not as though people in similar roles weren't attacked in the past. Court records will give a skewed impression of the prevalence of the offences because in minor assaults it was often merely a question of one person's word against another so never even led to an arrest, much less to court. This is one of those areas where an increased prosecution rate does not equate to increased incidence.
For example, being spat at was always an offence - threatening behaviour or perhaps even a form of assault. It was just really hard to prosecute. Taking a swab is a new way to connect the offence with an individual and therefore offer a greater chance of prosecution.
Given this greater efficiency, more swabs are issued, more assaults recorded, more charges laid, more convictions achieved. Given that more people are now being prosecuted for using threatening behaviour against, or for assaulting, staff the unions step up their demands for swab kits, leading to even wider use... blah, woof...

12th Oct 2006, 00:01

WHAT IF, what if DNA is a complete myth, something propagated by the system so they can say they have irrefutable evidence? WHAT IF?

21st Oct 2006, 17:05

Viv says:

Think it's an excellent idea - I wouldn't like to think people could spit at me and get away with it

13th Jan 2007, 15:32