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Source: Labour Party UK

Ellie Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Solicitor General, responding to the news that the CPS has announced changes to legal guidance for prosecutors on rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO), alongside a three-month consultation on the changes, said:

“With rape convictions now at their lowest level on record in England and Wales, the suggested measures announced today are welcome. Negative stereotypes and myths about rape victims creates an environment where victims and survivors fear they will be judged or disbelieved.

“I hope that this new guidance will be accompanied by training for prosecutors and a clear commitment from the CPS that improving rape prosecution levels continues to be a top priority for the CPS.

“The government has failed to tackle rape prosecutions or make this a priority for years, we need to see lessons learnt swiftly to ensure victims have faith in the criminal justice system.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom