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Tuesday 28 March 2017
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Suzy Lamplugh Trust Issues Statement of Concern Regarding Justice Secretary’s Rape Comments

Suzy Lamplugh Trust is concerned about some of the comments made by the Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke QC on BBC Radio 5 live on 18 May 2011

 

Rape is a very serious crime. It affect all of its victims, many very seriously, both physically and psychologically.  For most victims distinctions between supposed categories of rape don’t reflect the experience they have endured.

 

Only 6 out of every 100 rapes are reported to the Police. That is something which should concern us all. It means, of course, that most victims suffer in silence because they are unwilling to report the crime, often because they think that they will not be believed either by the Police or by the courts or that, even if they are believed, the perpetrator will not receive proper, appropriate punishment.

We are concerned that the Justice Secretary’s comments yesterday may further undermine the confidence that rape victims have in the legal system.  If, on the basis of those comments, the Police and the courts are seen to be making distinctions between types of rape victims may well be even less willing in the future to report the crime.  That would lead to more rapists going free and even more victims suffering in silence.

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Date Published:

20/05/2011

 

Source:

Suzy Lamplugh Trust