Exploring the causes of low conviction rates in teenage and adult rape cases
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This dissertation explores the response of the criminal justice system in particular the courts to teenage and adult rape cases. Trial practices are as a result investigated through court observations, perusal of court records as well as discussions and interviews with key players at the courts. These provided an insight into what actually takes place at courts as well as addressing the gaps identified. The potential effect of negative perceptions by magistrates and prosecutors towards teenage and adult victims of rape is considered as well as how these negatively impact on the outcome of such cases. The laws in regard to rape cases in Zimbabwe are also looked at as well as the extent to which these are effectively implemented in our courts. The author of this dissertation who is also a player within the criminal justice system goes on to provide potential measures to address the gaps within the system based on the findings of this study.