‘Criminal justice agencies need to answer for falling rape charges,’ says Sarah Champion MP.

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham and Chair of the APPG on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse responded to publication of the Crown Prosecution Service’s annual Violence Against Women and Girls report:

“This data makes plain the shocking collapse in CPS decisions to charge rape cases. The CPS are blaming this in part on the large rise in the number of cases administratively finalised (where police do not respond to CPS requests for more information about a case and the file cannot proceed). For rape cases this now stands at 28.6%, for child abuse at 17.2%.

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Sarah Champion MP comments on conviction of six Rotherham men for child sexual exploitation

Sarah Champion responding to the convictions, said:

 

“The conviction of six Rotherham men today at Sheffield Crown Court of 20 child sexual exploitation offences committed between 1998 and 2002 is a great relief. 

 

I want to express my gratitude to the courageous survivors and witnesses in coming forwards and to the National Crime Agency and South Yorkshire police for believing them and acting to secure this result. Let us also remember the families affected by today’s news and send them our solidarity. 

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Parliamentary inquiry reveals chronic failure of police and CPS to secure justice for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, chaired by Sarah Champion MP, today published an alarming report on the police and Crown Prosecution Service response to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Nearly 400 survivors of child sexual abuse contributed to the cross-party parliamentary inquiry over a six-month period.

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Sarah Champion MP to tell MPs that child sexual abuse is a public health crisis.

On Wednesday 22nd May in a parliamentary debate on the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s recent report, ‘Achieving information and support for survivors,’ Sarah Champion MP will call on Ministers to transform Government’s response to child sexual abuse by: training frontline professionals in how to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse; increase funding for specialist charities that provide counselling to survivors to meet demand; launch a public health campaign to tackle the stigma of abuse and provide information about available support.

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