The Crown Prosecution Service waited nearly a year and a half to charge a man who had admitted to raping a 12-year-old, and insisted on investigating the victims phone and 40,000 digital files on it.
Our legal and policy officer, Griff Ferris said:
“This shocking case exposes the Crown Prosecution Service’s blind insistence on investigating rape victims’ irrelevant digital information. It’s disgraceful that, despite the rapist admitting to his crime, the CPS still wanted to investigate the 12-year-old victim’s phone and private life. Treating rape victims like suspects delays investigations and trials, deters victims from reporting and ultimately obstructs justice.”