INV0023

Supplementary written evidence submitted by Ellie Ball, ISVA service Manager, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre (INV0023)

 

  1. Further to the oral evidence provided by myself on the 23rd of June 2021 I would like to add the following in relation to questions posed by committee members.

 

 

 

 

  1. I also refer the Committee to an evaluation document of the first Op Bluestone that I referred to in my oral evidence which I thought the committee might find helpful to have sight of.[4] Whilst I know there is a lot of praise for Op Bluestone and the government are planning to pilot this as Op Soteria in more areas; I think that it is important to consider why the first Op Bluestone was not successful and it is interesting to read that the original Op Bluestone had far higher aspirations regarding increased detection rates than the current Op Bluestone/Soteria and the governments rape review itself. The committee may also be interested to read in the report that the issues identified in 2009 are not dissimilar to some of the issues that are ongoing now and reflect on whether we are taking enough action to address these. I would suggest we are not and if we don't challenge this, we run the risk of still discussing the same issues in another ten years.

 

Thanks to the committee for their time and interest in this area.

 

July 2021

 

 


[1] Home Affairs Committee (23 June 2021) Oral evidence: Investigation and prosecution of rape, HC 193 (Q11).

[2] Home Affairs Committee (23 June 2021) Oral evidence: Investigation and prosecution of rape, HC 193 (Q16, Q17, Q18).

[3] Home Affairs Committee (23 June 2021) Oral evidence: Investigation and prosecution of rape, HC 193 (Q19, Q20).

[4] Policy Paper: Operation Bluestone – Tilley 2011 (22 August 2011)