Effects and aftermath of rape
The ruling has been slammed by campaigners as "another establishment betrayal of victims of violence against women and girls".
Nick Conrad’s selection is just one example of how tackling violence against women is not a priority for the Tories, activist Lucy Hall writes.
Consent forms which allow the police to search through a victim’s electronic devices including messages, photos, emails and social media apps has been rolled out to 43 forces in England and Wales. The forms have been put in place after disclosure issues resulted in a spike of cases being dropped. But advocacy groups have said that asking sexual assault victims to hand over such sensitive information indiscriminately could deter people from coming forward, calling the measure a “digital strip-search” which treats the victims like suspects.
“Mobile phones and other digital devices such as laptop computers, tablets and smart watches can provide important relevant information and help us investigate what happened."
A new legal challenge could force a change in police practice.
'This is the form with a box for the child’s name. What kind of society do we live in?'
Esther McVey says two-child cap means rape victims get 'double support' but Dugdale calls policy 'an abomination'.
Victims get 'the opportunity to talk' because of the two-child benefit cap, says minister.
This was an historic judgement for all victims of sexual violence