Cambridge University law exam question shocks the ignorant

I’m a bit late on this – read about it a couple of weeks ago, but looking closely at the exam question it seems very similar to the kind of questions usually done in law exams – see Sebastian Salek’s blog:

Sandra is President of The Vizards, a College drinking society. She is organising the initiation of new members. After a great deal of alcohol has been drunk, the members of the society form a circle around Billy, Gilbert and Richard who are to be initiated.

(i) Sandra blindfolds Billy and tells him that Tracey will suck his penis. Jonny does so.

(ii) Sandra penetrates Gilbert’s anus with a bottle. Although Gilbert appears to resist, and has to be held down by Tracey, he actually enjoys the experience.

(iii) Sandra waxes Richard’s pubic hair and pulls it off with such force that she removes a significant part of his skin. The wound becomes infected, but Richard is so embarrassed that he does not get medical help and dies.

Consider what offences, if any, have been committed.

Apparently the media storm (called in German ein Shitstorm) started with a tweet by a student of English literature! But law exam questions are usually modelled on cases the students have already encountered. In German law studies there are often invented cases in the books to show how the law is supposed to work, and in English law studies the cases studied usually actually happened (I can remember using R v Brown as an example teaching law to translation students).

See also Der Spiegel: Elite-Uni Cambridge: Vergewaltigung als Prüfungsthema

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