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Non-stranger Rape

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Judy Mallaber Judy Mallaber Labour, Amber Valley

To ask the Solicitor-General if he will investigate what further steps can be taken to improve the conviction rate in prosecutions for non-stranger rape.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

It is difficult to secure convictions in non-stranger rape cases. Very often there are no independent witnesses and frequently no forensic evidence.

I am working closely with the CPS to look at a variety of ways in which more can be done to build stronger cases and assist victims to give better evidence. This will improve conviction rates.

In particular, I am interested in seeing experts give evidence concerning the psychological impact of rape on victims. This would better inform juries by addressing some of the myths that persist around rape.

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