CPS says: How we’re working to overcome harmful rape myths and stereotypes – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As an experienced prosecutor of rape and serious sexual offences, I never underestimate the courage it takes for a victim to report such a deeply violating and distressing event to police. CPS staff, especially those on our RASSO teams are all too aware of the unique barriers many face when deciding whether to report offences relating to sexual assault; these include shame, guilt, fear of the process, fear of not being believed, shock, cultural context, embarrassment, language barriers and fear of reprisal from the community.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th November 2020

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Government urged to fix ‘disastrous state’ of rape prosecutions – The Guardian

‘An alliance of women’s organisations is calling for radical reforms to address the “disastrous state” of rape investigations and prosecutions, including a ministerial lead, a commission on juries and a ban on the use of sexual history evidence.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2020

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Jonathan Maertens: Man who raped girls jailed – BBC News

‘A “prolific” sex attacker who raped and abused girls has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2020

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Killer drug GHB ‘should be reclassified’, says official report – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2020 in bereavement, drug abuse, families, homosexuality, murder, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A drug that was weaponised by the UK’s most prolific rapist and the serial killer Stephen Port should be reclassified, says an official report.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2020

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Consent and fertility – 2 Hare Court

Posted November 17th, 2020 in consent, deceit, news, pregnancy, rape by sally

‘This judgment, handed down in July 2020, examines the limitations of the meaning of consent within s.74 Sexual Offences Act 2003. It held that a man’s lie about his fertility should not be deemed to be so closely connected to the nature or purpose of sexual intercourse that it is capable of negating consent.’

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2 Hare Court, 2nd November 2020

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Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in London, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘The London assembly’s police and crime committee has written to the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland, amid concerns over a “toxic combination” of falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases despite a rise in reports and a backlog of cases in the courts.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2020

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Rape prosecutions and convictions dropped by half early in UK pandemic – The Guardian

‘Prosecutions for crimes against women and girls in England and Wales plummeted in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting a backlog in the court system exacerbated by the UK-wide shutdown and subsequent social distancing measures.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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Letters to UK crime victims from CPS ‘unsatisfactory’ – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, reasons, reports, victims by sally

‘Letters to victims of rape and other crimes sent by the Crown Prosecution Service explaining legal decisions are of poor quality, lack human empathy and are frequently late, according to an official watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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Sex offence case ‘failings’ by military prosecutor – BBC News

‘A military prosecutor has been accused of serious failings in his handling of sexual assault and rape cases.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2020

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Just one in seven rape survivors expect justice in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2020 in news, police, prosecutions, rape, statistics, victims by sally

‘Just one in seven rape survivors believe they will receive justice by reporting a rape, according to a survey by the victims’ commissioner.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2020

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Rape prosecutors in England and Wales given new advice over dating apps – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors in England and Wales are being given new guidance over nude selfies and dating apps in rape and sexual assault cases.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2020

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Britain’s ‘most violent rapists’ should die in jail, court told – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2020 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘Two of Britain’s “worst and most violent rapists” should die in jail instead of facing potential release, a court has been told. The solicitor general for England and Wales told the Court of Appeal that rare whole life orders should be handed to Joseph McCann and Reynhard Sinaga.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2020

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Predatory Southend rapist sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Olawale Hassan, a 34-year-old man, has been sentenced to ten years and two months today (06/10/2020) at Basildon Crown Court for the sexual assault and rape of a woman in Southend.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th October 2020

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Anthony Lewis: Life for ‘predatory’ children’s entertainer – BBC News

‘A children’s entertainer who raped and sexually abused young girls over a 20-year period has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2020

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Man guilty of violent south London park sexual assault – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 18th, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, imprisonment, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A violent man, who made up a twin to use as a scapegoat for the sexual attack he had committed, has been sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment, with a recommendation that he serve at least two-thirds, and an extended licence period of eight years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th September 2020

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Gaia Pope death: Family wants answers to ‘vital questions’ – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2020 in bereavement, coroners, delay, evidence, families, inquests, mental health, news, police, rape, sexual offences by michael

‘The family of a teenager found dead 11 days after going missing nearly three years ago said “vital questions” about her death remain unanswered.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2020

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Voyeur sentenced after woman’s five-year campaign – BBC News

‘A man has been sentenced for filming a naked woman in a hotel room while she was unconscious, following her five-year campaign for justice.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2020

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London murderer and serial rapist jailed for at least 37 years – The Guardian

‘A serial attacker who raped four women and murdered his final victim, dumping her body in a children’s playground, has been jailed for life after an eight-year extradition battle.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2020

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Judge calls for rape law review after clearing Army major ‘too drunk to remember sex’ – Daily Telegrph

Posted August 13th, 2020 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, news, rape by sally

‘Parliament should review the law around rape cases where neither party can remember having sex, a military judge has suggested after clearing an Army major of attacking a female Captain.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th August 2020

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Keeley Bunker: Man guilty of murdering childhood friend – BBC News

Posted August 6th, 2020 in murder, news, rape by sally

‘A man has been convicted of raping and murdering his childhood friend on the way home from celebrating her birthday.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2020

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