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Should we brief juries involved in sex cases?

Should mandatory briefings of juries on myths about rape and sexual violence be introduced? Plus fitness expert Jillian Michaels and poet Sabrina Mafhouz. With Jenni Murray.

Jill Saward, co-founder of Jurors Understanding Rape Is Essential Standard (JURIES) campaign and Helen Reece, Professor in Law at the LSE, speak to Jenni Murray about whether mandatory briefings of juries on myths about rape and sexual violence at the beginning of trials for sexual offences should be introduced.

Award winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mafhouz performs live and reveals what made her move into the arts away from the more formal world of the civil service, her expanding repertoire of written work and why inspiring others to write and perform their poetry is so important to her.

One in ten of the world's adult population is illiterate - nearly two-thirds are women. One charity attempting to tackle the problem is Room to Read. Their Co Founder Erin Ganju talks about the work they're doing to support and educate girls and help them out of poverty.

Are you a die-hard shredder? For the uninitiated, it's a 20 minute workout, which combines cardio and strength training. The woman behind it is Jillian Michaels an American health and wellness expert - she explains why it's so popular and the principle behind it.

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Briefing Juries

The persistence of rape myths – such as that "real rape" only involves a stranger violently assaulting a woman, usually in an isolated place – is one reason often given to explain the UK’s low conviction rate in sexual offence cases. Jenni speaks to Jill Saward, co-founder of ‘Jurors Understanding Rape Is Essential Standard’ (JURIES) campaign and Helen Reece, Professor in Law at the LSE, about whether mandatory briefings of juries on myths about rape and sexual violence at the beginning of trials for sexual offences should be introduced.

Room to Read

One in ten of the world’s adult population is illiterate - nearly two-thirds are women. One charity attempting to tackle the problem is Room to Read. They are working with local women in Africa and Asia, putting teams together to help get girls into education and out of poverty. Jenni talks to the Co-Founder Erin Ganju who is in the UK following a trip to the World Economic Forum at Davos, where she was lobbying world leaders to do more to support global literacy.

Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz

Award winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mafhouz joins Jenni to perform live and reveal what made her move into the arts, away from the more formal world of the civil service; her expanding repertoire of written work and why inspiring others to write and perform their poetry is so important to her.

Jillian Michaels - America's self proclaimed Toughest Trainer

Are you a die-hard shredder? For the uninitiated, a shred is a 20 minute workout, which combines cardio and strength training. Jillian Michaels is an American health and wellness guru, the  author of the 30 Day Shred and has produced 15 DVDs. Jillian is nearing the end of her tour in the UK and has quite a big following amongst women here. In Woman’s Hour tomorrow, Jenni will find out whether shredding works and why Jillian has so many devotees.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Jill Saward
Interviewed Guest Erin Ganju
Interviewed Guest Sabrina Mahfouz
Interviewed Guest Helen Reece
Interviewed Guest Jillian Michaels
Producer Beverley Purcell

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  • Wed 28 Jan 2015 10:00

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