This news story about the imprisonment of a woman giving testimony about an alleged rape does not make happy reading. It appears that the Scottish judge imprisoned her for contempt of court when she objected to questions about her sexual history and broke down in the witness box, unable to continue. I find it hard to imagine the circumstances in which this could have been helpful or productive, but no doubt we will find out in due course when the investigation into her complaint is concluded. It certainly will do nothing to boost the low conviction rates or to encourage other women to come forward. I wonder what preparation the witness was given? I would have thought that she ought to have been made aware that she was likely to have been asked questions of that order prior to the case being proceeded with.