New survey finds confusion over what rape is: reflecting juries decisions in the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End Violence Against Women Coalition commissioned the YouGov survey examining attitutes to rape which included around 4,000 people across Great Britain

A new survey of attitudes to rape and sexual violence published reveals:

  • A third (33%) of people in Britain think it isn’t usually rape if a woman is pressured into having sex but there is no physical violence
  • A third of men think if a woman has flirted on a date it generally wouldn’t count as rape, even if she hasn’t explicitly consented to sex (compared with 21% of women)
  • A third of men also believe a woman can’t change her mind after sex has started
  • Almost a quarter (24%) think that sex without consent in long-term relationships is usually not rape (1).

Rachel Krys co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition commented that:

“This research shows that confusion and myths about rape are still very common, and this could explain why it’s hard for juries to make fair decisions if they don’t understand or agree with our laws on rape. It also shows that victims won’t necessarily be given the support they need from their family and friends, if the rape they experience isn’t understood as harmful or even as rape. Yet most people think the system is important and is working for victims of rape.”

You can access information on the findings of the survey here

You can read more about the media’s reaction to this survey here.

 

Father murders wife and daughter: a new report reveals more training is required for professionals to identify controlling behaviour

A report into a father who shot dead his wife and daughter has said it is “vital” for all professionals to recognise signs of coercive control.

Lance Hart, 57, killed his wife Claire, 50, and daughter Charlotte, 19, before killing himself, in Spalding in 2016. The sons of the couple Ryan and Luke Hart are now campaigning for more awareness and believe that there were missed opportunities for GPs and other professional staff to identify their fathers controlling behaviour and take some action to address it.

A council-led domestic homicide review has been published which recommends staff receive more training and a public awareness campaign is undertaken.

you can read more about this story here.