The Home Affairs Select Committee have proposed that people suspected of sexual offences should be granted anonymity in order to protect their reputations. D H Kelly argues that this would get in the way of bringing sexual offenders to justice
D H Kelly // 26 March 2015
Melanie Newman responds to the view that the media's focus on rape investigation failures and low conviction rates is unhelpful to victims, arguing that with fatalism setting in over rape conviction rates, more media scrutiny is essential to prove that improvements can still be made
Guest Blogger // 6 January 2014
Emilia di Girolamo, the lead writer on Law and Order: UK, takes an unflinching view of gang rape in the show's next episode. Siân Norris met her to discuss her motivations
Sian Norris // 29 January 2012
Philippa writes about advice given to Scottish rape prosecutors to use rape victims' medical records in court.
Philippa Willitts // 26 January 2012
Although it may be a gripping courtroom drama, Abby O’Reilly argues that Silk fails to reflect the true status of women in the legal profession Be it a voyeuristic insight...
Jess McCabe // 27 March 2011
Although it may be a gripping courtroom drama, Abby O'Reilly argues that Silk fails to reflect the true status of women in the legal profession
Abby OReilly //
Sarah’s* story is extremely worrying for anyone concerned with rape prosecutions in this country. You have probably heard about her case: she rang 999 reporting her husband raped her. Under...
Jess McCabe // 27 November 2010
An investigation into how the police treat rape cases has been abandoned, after the Home Office withdrew funding, reports The Guardian. The review was announced in response to the John...
Jess McCabe // 17 September 2010
The coalition government has dropped plans to extend anonymity to rape defendants. Instead of legislation, the government is reportedly to “negotiate with the Press Complaints Commission to persuade newspapers and...
Jess McCabe // 27 July 2010
UPDATE: Apparently Ken Clarke has put a correction on record that he meant to extend his concern to “acquitted” not “convicted” rapists – via @gorilerof3b No formal consultation will be...
Jess McCabe // 9 July 2010
Under UK law, it is illegal for the people on a jury to ever speak about what went on in the jury room. Today’s Guardian includes a piece by one...
Jess McCabe // 1 July 2010
If you oppose the Tory-Liberal Democrat plan to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases, then you may want to sign this petition calling on Justice Secretary Ken Clarke to...
Jess McCabe // 1 June 2010
The government plans to grant defendants in rape trial anonymity, according to their coalition programme for government. Details are slight, by which I mean one line saying: We will extend...
Jess McCabe // 21 May 2010
The Fawcett Society asked prospective parliamentary candidates from up and down the country these three questions. Would they: 1. Support local and national action to tackle the gender pay gap?...
Jess McCabe // 6 May 2010