To improve outcomes for victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse, the government is currently conducting an end-to-end Rape Review (Operation Soteria Bluestone). This review highlights a series of actions and recommendations to address the significant decline in charges and prosecutions for rape cases over the past few years.
As part of this review, victims and survivors are being asked to share their views (anonymously) on their experiences reporting and engaging with the police via an online survey.
The results of the survey will help provide insight into how the police process feels from the perspective of a victim of rape and other sexual offences. It will ultimately inform improvements within the police.
Jenni Muskett, Deputy CEO at CRASAC says:
“We are pleased that the year one report has been published and that victims and survivors are being given the opportunity for their experiences to be heard.
This is a vitally important piece of research that highlights the improvements required to ensure victims and survivors feel supported.
We hope to see real change within the Criminal Justice System, that allows people to come forward and seek justice without being retraumatised by the process.”
Anyone over 18 who has reported a sexual violence case to the police at any time can take part in the survey. It is being conducted by academics at City, University of London and so is completely independent from the police. Any responses submitted cannot be identified, and data will be completely anonymous.