Starting with this : 1 in 3 teenage girls tell of sexual abuse by their boyfriends
I’ve commented on this kind of thing on LJ before. What makes it very hard for me to believe is that these numbers can be accurate (for a sensible definition of "abuse") and it isn’t common knowledge. I was a teenager (some time ago) and I had a lot of female friends. Were 1 in 3 of them being abused? Seems extremely unlikely to me.
Then this :
A very difficult case but I don’t see how people can have thought that it would go any other way. To my understanding it simply isn’t a crime to talk someone into doing harm to themselves (I’m happy to be corrected).