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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.