Sarah Everard case highlights the need for change in society. But WHEN will it happen?

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There has been a significant rise the level of interest that surrounds the issues rape and how the cases are handled by both courts and the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS) who bring these cases to prosecution.

The recent very sad news about the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard has highlighted the need to bring about change in British society about how women are treated – in general. But WHEN will it happen?

Today there was yet another disappointing defeat for the cause to defend women’s rights, as the campaign group End Violence Against Women (EVAW) lost it’s challenge against the CPS for way it has changed how evidence and prosecutions are handled.

The change has sadly seen a dramatic drop in rape cases coming to trial.

Between 2009 and 2017 there has been a 23% drop in rape case charges being brought (BBC News 2021). When you look at the details, this aligns with the rape charging rate which drops from 56% of rape cases in 2016 down to just 34% in 2018 (BBC News 2021).

This is a dramatic drop in cases which EVAW claimed was due to a change in charging policy. The group set out to try and demonstrate that the CPS had illegally changed the way cases were judged. They wanted to show that the CPS no longer were handling each case on the “merits based” approach but instead the “bookmakers approach” where prosecutors consider what may happen based on the experience of similar cases rather than an objective evaluation of the evidence in that case alone. 

This is of course very disturbing, but here at ACTS FAST we will continue to support the victims of sexual abuse and in particular we will support the families of sexually abused children. We know that when a child (no matter their age) discloses that they have been sexually abused, a whole explosion of traumatic feelings come into play.

We are here to support families affected by child sexual abuse because we enable trauma recovery with therapeutic care here in Dorset. If you would like friendly support from an experienced and qualified team, please get in touch and we’ll support you at your own pace. There is no pressure, no expectation, we’ll start where you are at and offer skilled support in a way that helps you most.

Contact us on 01202 797217 or email support@actsfast.org.uk for a friendly supportive chat. Our support services are free, so when your ready, let’s have a chat.

You can read the BBC News article here.

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