Monday 15 March 2021 / 11:58 AM Ellie Reeves.

Ellie Reeves responds to news that the High Court have ruled in favour of the Crown Prosecution Service against the End Violence Against Women Coalition

Ellie Reeves responds to news that the High Court have ruled in favour of the Crown Prosecution Service against the End Violence Against Women Coalition, as Labour calls for action to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.

 

Shadow Solicitor General, Ellie Reeves MP, said:

 

“This is a disappointing result which endorses what is effectively decriminalisation of rape.

 

“Survivors of sexual assault are being failed by the Government. Rape prosecution rates are at their lowest level on record in England and Wales, victims of rape are waiting years for their court date, and only 1 in 7 victims have faith in the criminal justice system.

 

“We need to see urgent action from the Government to address these failures, but the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill doesn’t even mention women, let alone act to improve rape conviction rates.

 

“Labour has set out a Survivors’ Support Plan and recommendations that the government should implement in its long overdue end to end rape review.”