About 30 years ago, when I was a busy young criminal defence barrister in Melbourne, I was briefed in a rape case. My client was said to have forced a 16-year-old girl (a virgin) out of a party, into his car, where allegedly he had s-x without her consent. The defence was consent, that is, intercourse was admitted.

I did my job, which is to say I destroyed the girl during cross-examination. As she was leaving court after finishing her evidence, and the door to the courtroom had not quite shut, she gave a howl which sounded like a mortally wounded animal.  The jury subsequently acquitted my client.