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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

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Eighth Report - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Committees Home Affairs Committee
HC 193
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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15 December 2021
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Rachel Maclean (Minister for Safeguarding at Home Office), Jerome Glass (Director General, Policy and Strategy Group at Ministry of Justice), and Jaee Samant (Director General, Public Safety Group at Home Office)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
13 December 2021
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Max Hill QC (Director of Public Prosecutions at Crown Prosecution Service)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
1 December 2021
Inquiry Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Kirsty Brimelow QC (Vice-Chair at The Criminal Bar Association), Ellie Cumbo (Head of Public Law at The Law Society), Professor Penney Lewis (Criminal Law Commissioner at The Law Commission), and Derek Sweeting QC (Chair at The Bar Council)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
INV0039 - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Survivor A
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
INV0037 - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Respondents to the Home Affairs Committee questions for those with lived experience
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
INV0038 - Investigation and prosecution of rape
Witnesses Mr Jon Kennedy
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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