Human rights complaint by rape victim

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The rape victim subjected to a six-hour cross-examination by her attacker has launched a complaint to the European Commission of Human Rights in an attempt to end the right of rapists to defend themselves.

Julia Mason, who waived her right to anonymity to highlight her ordeal, wants the law brought into line with the rule in child sexual abuse and cruelty cases where defendants cannot cross-examine their alleged victims.

The application to the commission alleges violation of three articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, saying Ms Mason was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, her right to privacy was breached and that she was subjected to discrimination compared to child victims.

Ralston Edwards, who wore the same clothes in court as when he attacked her, was given two life sentences at the Old Bailey.