UWE Bristol expert available for media interviews in connection with reported rape cases

Issue date: 13 October 2016


UWE Bristol expert Professor Phil Rumney is available for media interview in connection with news released today in relation to the number of rapes recorded by police as having doubled in the past five years, while the percentage of allegations resulting in conviction has fallen.

Professor Phil Rumney said, “The latest police force figures released by HMIC show an unprecedented and ongoing increase in recorded allegations of rape over the last five years. We are also seeing fewer convictions as a proportion of those recorded offences. In other words, the increasing number of prosecutions and convictions is not matching the much larger increase in people coming forward and reporting to the police. So while the figures suggest increasing victim confidence in the police there is still work to be done in improving criminal justice responses to rape. The figures also show that there are wide variations in how police forces are recording rape allegations. Many have shown improvement, but some still lag behind.”

Phil Rumney is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Bristol Law School, UWE. He has been engaged in research concerning criminal justice responses to rape for two decades.

Much of this work has looked at the policing of rape allegations, adult male rape, rape sentencing, the courtroom treatment of rape complainants, false allegations and the impact of social attitudes on rape law enforcement. He has authored several dozen articles on the law of rape and the criminal justice response to rape.

He has also given talks to the Judicial College, Royal Society of Medicine, police officers, legal practitioners and members of the public.

He recently completed an evaluation of the work of the Lighthouse victim and witness care service in Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

He is co-organizing a forthcoming event in Bristol as part of UWE's 'Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse' series.

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