Government consultation to look at fall in prosecutions despite increase in rapes

Victims’ organisations are to press for closer involvement in the government’s review of falling rape prosecutions, warning that complainants’ credibility and sexual history are increasingly being made the focus of trials.

The first meeting of “stakeholders” invited to the Ministry of Justice for consultation follows a row over how evidence from victims’ mobile phones should be handled.

A ban on sexual history evidence.

Restrictions on disclosure rules for the examination of phones, as well as medical and other private records, to respect victims’ privacy.

Reviewing rules on cross-examination in rape cases to prevent women being subjected to degrading treatment.

Considering alternatives to jury trial for rape cases.

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