Rape Crisis call for complete overhaul of criminal justice system after attempted rape in Harlow
Crime / Thu 16th May 2019 am31 07:12am
AS you can see from our two previous articles, the case of the attempted rape of a Harlow woman in May 2018, may have far reaching consequences.
Not only was she brave enough to report it but she has also been determined enough to now call for changes in the system.
These calls have been repeated by Rape Crisis Essex.
A representative from Rape Crisis Essex said:
“The representation from the MP for Harlow this morning strongly reinforces issues Rape Crisis know to be widespread from our frontline experience of providing specialist sexual violence and abuse support services and from what victims and survivors routinely tell us.
Rape Crisis has been calling for a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system in relation to sexual violence and abuse, which currently fails victims and survivors at every stage of the process, for years.
In response to concerns raised, the Government is currently conducting an end-to-end review of the criminal justice system regarding rape and sexual offences, with which we are actively engaging. This review must take into account every aspect of victims’ and survivors’ experiences, including sentencing guidelines.
It’s clear that victims’ rights within the existing Victims’ Code are still not being applied consistently across the country. For example, victims and survivors are still having to request special measures in court in many instances. We look forward to working with the new Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC and the new Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC MP on addressing these and other long-standing concerns going forward.
Today’s debate in Westminster Hall also highlighted how vital it is that Government and Local Authority funding be made available to ensure victims and survivors have access to specialist independent support and advocacy services when they need them. The Rape Support Fund from the Ministry of Justice has contributed towards such provision in recent years but in no way fully funds specialist services or ensures they can sustain and grow to meet the unprecedented and increasing need and demand from victims and survivors.”
Essex Rape Crisis Partnership- SYNERGY ESSEX. www.synergyessex.org.uk
Confidential phone line: 0300 003 7777