Women in Warwickshire need to feel safer reporting sexual violence - The Leamington Observer

Women in Warwickshire need to feel safer reporting sexual violence

Leamington Editorial 29th Apr, 2024   0

WOMEN in Warwickshire need to feel safer when it comes to reporting sexual violence.

This is according to the county’s Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner Sarah Feeney who has promised that she will prioritise increasing the reporting levels of rape and sexual assault, should she be elected, by giving women more confidence to report offences.

Mrs Feeney said: “Warwickshire has an incredibly concerning low reporting and prosecution rate. One in four women will have experienced rape or sexual assault as adults and yet we think five out of six women do not report incidents. Last year only 15 prosecutions were pursued in Warwickshire and only seven cases resulted in conviction.”

Warwickshire Police officers have been in court already this year for sexual offences against women.

This follows on from Channel 4’s Dispatches revealing the scale of sexual misconduct by a serving police officer, some concerns reaching back 20 years.

Mrs Feeney continued: “I was horrified to learn of two cases against police officers coming to court. We need women to feel confident in reporting these crimes and we need to ensure that we have police officers of the highest probity to investigate and support victims of these crimes, this will be achieved by working with survivors and representative groups to learn about their experience of the system.

“My first priority needs to be women feeling safe to report sexual violence and domestic violence. The police must recognise what they are being told and then act on it. As Police and Crime Commissioner I will, if elected, act quickly and decisively to give victims their confidence back in the criminal justice system in Warwickshire.”

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