Women’s Aid responds to the Crown Prosecution Service’s report on ‘disclosure’ in rape cases
Tuesday 5th June 2018
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today (5 June) published the outcome of its review of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) cases. Read the full report online here.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“From our work with domestic abuse survivors, we know that it takes a lot of strength and courage to report rape to the police and we know few cases of rape ever result in a prosecution. There are many reasons why a woman may not report domestic abuse or rape, or may withdraw her support from the prosecution, but fear about the court process and how she will be treated in court is a very real one. It is essential that survivors of domestic abuse and rape know that they will believed when they come forward to report an offence and that they have access to effective support during the court process.
“Evidence gathering should have the same standards across all types of offences and must be dealt with sensitively where domestic abuse and rape are concerned; it is vital that victims of violence against women have a more effective criminal justice response. We welcome the Crown Prosecution Service’s commitment to invest in training for prosecutors and police on disclosure; this training must be robust, tackling the myths about rape and sexual abuse, and be co-delivered by specialist violence against women organisations. We stand in support of End Violence Against Women Coalition and Rape Crisis England & Wales in their campaign for a fairer criminal justice response for survivors of rape and call for the police and CPS to focus their efforts on increasing the number of rape cases that make it to court.”
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on:
[email protected] / 020 7566 2511