We Believe You - latest news
Here's where to find the latest news about rape awareness, rape support, and other issues relating to our We Believe You campaign. Do us know if you've got a national story which you think is interesting: we're at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th July 2012 - Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, today released new guidance about prosecuting offences of rape when murder has also been committed, and particularly on the need to take the wishes of the victim's family into account. Previously, where a defendant had been convicted of murder and a rape conviction wouldn't have increased the sentence, the rape charge would simply 'lie on file'. The new guidance follows a long and impressive campaign by the parents of Jane Clough, who was murdered by her ex-partner while he was on bail, having been charged with repeatedly raping her.
5th July 2012 - this week Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced that the government would continue to fund rape crisis centres through the National Rape Support Fund for the next three years. The future of the Fund had been in question: huge congratulations to Rape Crisis England and Wales (key supporters of our We Believe You campaign) who lobbied effectively for funding to be made secure and sustainable.