The Guardian view on falling rape prosecutions: women’s rights are regressing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/30/the-guardian-view-on-falling-prosecutions-womens-rights-are-regressing Editorial Progress is being rolled back around the world. Right wing governments are not the only ones to blame. Thu 30 Jul 2020 18.56 BSTLast modified on Fri 31 Jul 2020 04.37 BST We are going backwards. The number of reported rapes that result in convictions has long been alarmingly low. But the state of rape prosecutions in … Read more

Domestic Abuse Bill in Parliament

See our latest short film: STOP the Family Courts aiding and abetting domestic abuse. Made by WAR & Support Not Separation. We are lobbying for the Domestic Abuse Bill to: recognise that domestic abuse victims are mostly women; provide vital resources so women and children can escape; extend all protections and resources to immigrant women … Read more

DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide

DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide By John Pring for Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rejected a coroner’s call to act to prevent benefit claimants taking their own lives, following the suicide … Read more

Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases

Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases Exclusive: case of two complainants funded by Equality and Human Rights Commission forces U-turn Alexandra Topping The Guardian Thu 16 Jul 2020   The Crown Prosecution Service and police have been forced to scrap controversial “digital strip searches” of rape complainants, following a legal … Read more

We are facing the ‘decriminalisation of rape’, warns victims’ commissioner

We are facing the ‘decriminalisation of rape’, warns victims’ commissioner Dame Vera Baird says there has been a ‘catastrophic’ decline in rape prosecutions Haroon Siddique The Guardian Tue 14 Jul 2020 00.01 BSTLast modified on Tue 14 Jul 2020 00.09 BST  Dame Vera Baird said complainants were being denied justice. In the year ending March 2017 the CPS prosecuted … Read more

Domestic Abuse Bill: AMENDMENTS from Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape, part of the Support not Separation coalition

On family courts – Insert new clauses into Part 3: Family Proceedings following Clause 75 on cross examination: Remove Section 11 (2A) of the Children and Families Act 2014 which presumes that it is always in a child’s best interest to have contact with both parents.  RATIONALE: This has resulted in a presumption of contact … Read more

Secret policy change by CPS cut number of rape trials, high court told

Application on behalf of women’s group follows concern over fall in number of charges Owen Bowcott and Caelainn Barr  The Guardian  Tue 17 Mar 2020 A legal challenge over alleged changes to Crown Prosecution Service policy on bringing charges in rape cases has been dismissed by the high court. The judges, Dame Victoria Sharp, president of the Queen’s Bench … Read more

Keir Starmer’s record on rape

Camden New Journal  Letters  6 February 2020 The record on rape We take issue with the letter from MARTIN PLAUT of NW5 (‘Errors in attacks on Starmer’, January 30).   He claims that rape “is one of the issues [Sir Keir] feels most strongly about and has worked on most assiduously. His determination has been applauded by the victims … Read more