Expert available to comment on new rape defendant policy

Issue date: 21 May 2010


UWE Dr Phil Rumney, a Reader in Criminal Justice at the University of the West of England, is available for media commentary today on the new policy proposing anonymity to rape defendants.

Dr Rumney is an expert in criminal justice and criminal law, with particular reference to rape and sexual assault; coercive interrogation of terrorist suspects; freedom of expression.
He is a member of the Editorial Board, Crime, Punishment and the Law (2006 to date) and was a member of the 'Expert Group', as part of the Department of Health and NIMHE, Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme (2005-2007).

Dr Rumney said, “The proposal is an unnecessary measure based on an assumption that men need protecting from false allegations of rape and that false rape allegations are particularly common. It also treats rape differently from other serious offences such as murder or terrorism cases which can also have a serious effect on the lives of those wrongly accused. But under these proposals, people accused of murder or being a terrorist will be not be given anonymity.”

To speak to Dr Rumney please call the UWE press office on 0117 328 2208

-ENDS-

Editor's Notes
Phil Rumney's publications include: 'Gay Victims of Male Rape: Law Enforcement, Social Attitudes and Barriers to Recognition,' (2009) 13 International Journal of Human Rights 233-250
'Gender Neutrality, Rape and Trial Talk,' (2008) 21 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 139-155
(with Rachel Anne Fenton) 'Intoxicated Consent in Rape: Bree and Juror Decision-Making,' [2008] 71 Modern Law Review 279-290
'Policing Male Rape and Sexual Assault,' [2008] 71 The Journal of Criminal Law 67-86.
'In Defence of Gender Neutrality Within Rape,' [2007] 6 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 481-526.
'Is Coercive Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects Effective? A Response to Bagaric and Clarke,' [2006] 40 University of San Francisco Law Review 479-513
'False Allegations of Rape,' [2006] 65 The Cambridge Law Journal 128-158
'The Effectiveness of Coercive Interrogation: Scholarly and Judicial Responses,' [2005] 44 Crime, Law and Social Change 465-489
'Progress at a Price: The Construction of Non-Stranger Rape in the Millberry Sentencing Guidelines,' [2003] 66 Modern Law Review 880-894
'The Review of Sex Offences and Rape Law Reform: Another False Dawn?,' [2001] 64 Modern Law Review 890-910
'Male Rape in the Courtroom: Issues and Concerns', [2001] The Criminal Law Review 205-212
'When Rape Isn't Rape: Court of Appeal Sentencing Practice in Cases of Marital and Relationship Rape,' [1999] 19 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 243-268
'Getting Away With Murder: Genocide and Western State Power,' [1997] 60 Modern Law Review 594-608
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