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Investigation and prosecution of rape

Inquiry

As part of the Committee’s overarching work into violence against women and girls, the Committee wishes to explore the key question of why rape prosecutions are falling. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about this work.

The Committee is keen to understand from victims and survivors of rape and serious sexual assault what changes they think could help improve the experience of reporting what has happened to the police and going to court to get justice.

If you would like to submit your lived experience to the Committee, you can find questions about going through the criminal justice system following experiences of sexual violence here. You can also share why you might have chosen not to go through the criminal justice system. This survey closed on 19 May 2021.

Find out more about the Committee’s wider work into violence against women and girls.

Warning - some of the written evidence published as part of this inquiry may contain explicit language or comments that some readers may find offensive.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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20 October 2021
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Baroness Stern CBE (Chair, Independent Review into How Rape Complaints are Handled by Public Authorities in England and Wales (2010)), Rt Hon Sir John Gillen (Leader, Independent Review into the Law and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences in Northern Ireland (2018–19)), Rt Hon Lady Dorrian (Lord Justice Clerk, Leader, Review into Improving the Management of Sexual Offence Cases (2020–21)), Sarah Crew (Temporary Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police, Lead for Rape and Adult Sexual Offences, National Police Chiefs Council), Donna Jones (Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Joint Lead for Supporting Victims, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners), and David Tucker (Faculty Lead on Crime and Criminal Justice at College of Policing)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
7 July 2021
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Dr Olivia Smith (Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at Loughborough University), Professor Betsy Stanko OBE (Academic lead at Project Bluestone), and Professor Cheryl Thomas (Professor of Judicial Studies, Faculty of Laws at UCL)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
23 June 2021
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Dame Vera Baird QC (Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales), Duncan Craig OBE (Chief Executive Officer at Survivors Manchester), Emily Hunt (campaigner and independent Expert Advisor to the Ministry of Justice), Ellie Ball (ISVA Manager at Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre), Amelia Handy (Policy Lead at Rape Crisis England and Wales), and Rosie Lewis (Head of Policy at Imkaan)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
INV0026 - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Dr Olivia Smith (Loughborough University)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
INV0023 - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Ellie Ball (ISVA Manager at Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
INV0024 - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Information Commissioner
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

No other publications published.

Contact us

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