Who should have the body? A confession about listening to rape testimony

Maguire, Emma (2016) Who should have the body? A confession about listening to rape testimony. Feminartsy, 25 October 2016.

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Abstract

[Extract] **Trigger warning: contains discussion about rape and sexual assault**

I recently binge watched the Netflix true crime series Making A Murderer. It's about a man who is imprisoned for a crime he may not have committed.

As a result I've been thinking a lot about wrongful imprisonment—what it means to be confined against your will by a system that is difficult if not impossible to fight. A system in which those in positions of power can re-write your history and your identity so that it tells a story that justifies your imprisonment, a story that you don't recognise.

Those who are wrongfully imprisoned can fight for their liberty via habeas corpus. The Latin words translate to 'to have the body' or 'you should have the body'.

Item ID: 57263
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: rape, testimony, witnessing, confession, sexual assault
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 01:15
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting) @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality @ 50%
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