The recent charging of 6 women and 5 men with the sexual assault and sexual exploitation of children will be very keenly watched for a number of reasons.
One is the large number of women charged. Another will be whether the women receive the same sentences as the men if they are convicted of the same offences.
It is common for women to receive lesser sentences than men. If that were to happen in these cases would the DPP appeal the leniency of the sentences imposed on the women? Probably not!
But if, in the extremely unlikely event, that the women get higher sentences than the men would the DPP appeal the undue leniency of the men’s sentences? Probably!
And will the ‘man-hating’ organisations justify the lesser sentences of the women on the very spurious basis that the ‘poor weak’ women acted under the duress of the ‘big bad men’? Obviously!