The Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird has released her latest annual report.
Following on from claims that rape had been effectively decriminalised as a result of a collapse in prosecutions, Dame Vera said:
“Last year, I warned that we were witnessing the effective decriminalisation of rape. Nothing in the past year has swayed me from that perspective. The uncomfortable truth is that if you are raped in Britain today, your chances of seeing justice are slim.”
In commenting on the subsequent rape review that was published in June, she adds:
“The review was carried out by the very government departments and agencies responsible for the poor state of rape in the first place. Consequently, the proposals are underwhelming, both in their scope and resourcing, and represent some real missed opportunities to bring speedy and effective change.”
The report also reflects on key events for victims over the past year, such as the launch of a new, revised Victims’ Code, and the passing of the Domestic Abuse Act into law.
To read the Victims Commissioner’s Annual Report, visit the Victims Commissioner website.