|Alison Saunders - CPS London|
Alison Saunders is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for London and, on 30th January, made a speech in which she tried to start a debate about how we in society view the offence of rape and whether we bring our conscious or subconscious views and stereotypes to our consideration of it. See the speech on the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences (CPS website). In the speech, examples of myths and stereotypes are given together with their implications and the true facts. For example: rape only occurs between strangers in a dark alley; if the victim didn't complain immediately it wasn't rape" etc.
This speech, by a highly experienced criminal lawyer, is well worth reading in full. Saunders hopes that the facts and issues raised in her talk will prompt people to start thinking about how "we together can combat and dispel the myths and stereotypes that affect public perception of rape offences."
"How do we make it easier for women to feel that