Victims’ Commissioner has expressed her gratitude to the hundreds of rape survivors who took part in her online research

 

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC has paid tribute to the hundreds of rape survivors who have contributed to her research looking into how the offence is handled by the criminal justice system.

Dame Vera had asked survivors to share their experiences via an online request for information which was open from 12 June to 24 July.

In response almost 500 people took part. The responses will now be analysed by Dame Vera’s research team which will publish a report on its findings in the autumn.

Dame Vera said: “This is a vitally important piece of work and I am so grateful to all those who felt able to share their experience – I know that this cannot have been easy so a huge thank you to everyone who did.

“With the latest rape prosecutions showing yet another fall in the number of prosecutions it is important that I can gather as much information about how rape complainants are treated and what they have experienced as they progress through the criminal justice system.

“My team are already analysing the information and I will update you on how my examination of this issue is progressing when I can.

“Once again a big thank you to everyone who shared our request for help, who publicised our research and to those who felt able to tell their stories – we could not do this without you.”