New Poll: Thais Feel Less Safe From Crime

by Admin on January 20, 2020

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A new poll has revealed that Thai people report feeling less safe in their country due to crime.

The poll, conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, comes in the wake of several high-profile crimes across the Kingdom, most notably the Lop Buri gold robbery and murder of a woman by a convicted serial killer who was recently released from prison by a royal pardon.

Over two-thirds of respondents stated that their personal security was more at risk due to crime, with the remaining respondents mostly saying that it was the same as before.

The outcomes of criminal trials in Thailand are typically determined by a three-judge panel, not a jury of peers.

When questioned about what crimes they fear specifically, 68% said they fear robberies, 33% said they fear violence with weapons such as knives and guns, 25% said they fear the spread of harmful drugs, and 21% said they fear sexual violence.

Those surveyed in the poll responded that the causes of worsening crime could be boiled down to the poor economy (54%), deteriorated social conditions (25%), low moral standards (18%), and poor law enforcement (15%).

Just under half said that the government should do more to strengthen law enforcement and amend laws to quell crime.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing a bill that could essentially criminalize intoxicated sex–whether it’s voluntary inebriation or not.

Cuomo argues that the change is necessary to “close a loophole” in rape law–stating that those under the influence are unable to consent to sex.

A similar law was passed in California following the case of Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner who was convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student who was intoxicated to the point of being passed out.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law stipulating mandatory years in prison for sex with an inebriated person after Turner escaped with a slap on the wrist for his crime.

Under current New York law, it is already a criminal offense to have sex with someone who is unconscious or “physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act”.

Thailand’s criminal laws were recently amended to strengthen punishments against sexual assault.

Those accused of having sex with individuals who were passing in and out or in the act of vomiting have already been convicted of sexual assault in New York under the current laws.

But up until now, those who engaged in sex with drunk individuals who could still communicate consent or had a coherent understanding of the goings-on around them, have not been able to be prosecuted for sexual assault.

The new law being pushed in New York could set a precedent that all voluntary, intoxicated sex is mutual rape–considering sex between individuals not in relationships often occurrs when both people are under the influence of alcohol.

If passed, it’s not clear how the law will be interpreted in practice by courts.

Since the #Metoo movement, many states and countries have passed laws to cut down on rape and sexual assaults, such as the New York and California laws mentioned above as well as laws requiring verbal consent for sex.

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