EineKleine Rob has an very very good post about the recent 'debate' (ranty row more like) over sentencing. It is too easy to forget that consideration for parole is not the same as getting parole. And it is all too easy to make rape/sexual assault an issue of sex rather than power.
Didn't the Canadians do something on changing the sex laws to be about power rather than about sex? How did that work out? Certainly, I agree with Rob's assertions that such a change should see a shift away from focusing on the sexual history/status of the victim which could certainly be helpful.