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CPS Rape thresholds

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

What work have you done to understand the recent suggestions that the CPS has raised the threshold for bringing prosecutions for the serious offence of rape? What contact/representations have you made on this issue?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The prosecution of rape cases remains an important part of my strategy for tackling violence against women and girls in the capital. As part of this I have been working closely with the London Victims Commissioner to assess and tackle barriers to prosecution for this terrible crime.

Earlier this year the London Victims Commissioner published the London Rape Review, which gave a comprehensive picture of rape cases in the capital. The report outlines many of the challenges facing survivors trying to access justice and made a series of recommendations for justice partners, including the CPS.

A public scrutiny session was convened, co-chaired by the London Victims Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, to hold partners accountable on the progress they are making on these recommendations. Work is ongoing and I, alongside the London Victims Commissioner, will continue to push all partners responsible for improving access to justice for survivors.