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Rape Trials: Treatment of Victims

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:14 am on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Solicitor-General 11:14 am, 15th May 2019

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I thank my right hon. Friend Robert Halfon for raising this very important issue. I acknowledge his constituent’s terrible ordeal, and I am truly sorry that she feels let down by our justice system. Rape, attempted rape and other serious sexual offences are devastating crimes. I cannot begin to imagine what his constituent has been through. I commend her for her courage in speaking out, reporting the crime, raising her experience with her MP, and continuing to draw attention to the ways in which we can improve the system. I commend her for that, because it is only through reporting crimes that people are brought to justice, and other women who could be victims are saved a terrible ordeal. I thank her for going through the process, which I understand has been extremely difficult.