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Rape Shield Law Explained:

This law was created to protect victims. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 233 section 21B was enacted in April of 1977. Its purpose, to protect victims from being placed on trial themselves.  In some cases a victim or accuser  might not have a very good past.  Drug addicts, prostitutes and streetwalkers can be victims of crime, but it also applies to those men and women who don’t have the best reputation for chastity. Yes, that means even a nymphomaniac would be protected, the rules of evidence preventing a jury from hearing a word about his or her sexual history. Only evidence of the complaining witness’ sexual conduct with the accused, or evidence of sexual conduct which could have caused the injuries the victim is complaining of may be admissible. This rule can be navigated, but in such cases the defense attorney must make a written request to the judge, outside of the eyes of the jury, that the evidence is relevant and therefore should be admitted.