Monday 29 April 2019 / 9:45 AM Crime / Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti responds to rape victims being asked to hand phones over to police

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, responding to rape victims being asked to hand phones over to police, said:
“Any suggestion that rape victims must automatically hand over their phones in exchange for the support of the authorities is as unlawful as it is wrong.
“Women, who are the overwhelming majority of rape victims, are already discriminated against in judicial system. A trawl through their social media only reinforces the idea they are in the dock. This is the effect of the purported ‘consent form’. What is required instead is legislative action and increased government spending to improve detection and conviction rates.
“You cannot protect victims of sexual violence on the cheap. A Labour Government will better resource police, prosecutors and victim support services so that more rape victims can have the confidence and support to come forward.”