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We mind and we care but have things changed? Assessment of progress in the reporting, investigating and prosecution of allegations of rape

Brown, Jennifer (2011) We mind and we care but have things changed? Assessment of progress in the reporting, investigating and prosecution of allegations of rape. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 17 (3). pp. 263-272. ISSN 1355-2600

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13552600.2011.613280

Abstract

This paper discusses three themes in relation to assessing progress in the Criminal Justice System's (CJS) ability to investigate and successfully prosecute rape. The themes are business as usual, the justice gap and implementation problems. They arose as a consequence of two discussion papers in this volume by Kate Cook and Jan Jordan, who take positions of optimism and pessimism with respect to improvements for rape victim survivors after a series of reforms and changes in police and prosecution procedures. The stimulus for these papers was the latest review in England and Wales into the CJS's approach to rape conducted by Baroness Stern (2010). The present paper observes that the lack of systematic evaluative research makes it difficult to assess whether innovations in the CJS with respect to rape have been effective or to partial out the relative contribution law reform and changing police or prosecution practice may have made to reporting and conviction rates. Finally, it is suggested that intensification of effort to fully implement review recommendations may achieve limited improvement because of the characteristics of an adversarial legal model.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tjsa20#.UpixJ19FAkI
Additional Information: © 2011 National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 15:27
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 09:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54739

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