Partner, Kirstey Maloney commented on this latest news for victims of rape;
"The government’s consideration to protect victims of rape, during the court process, whilst still ensuring that proper evidence is presented before the Court, can only be a good thing. The Government must strike a balance to ensure victims are protected, whilst ensuring an accused’s right to a fair trial."
A private member’s bill to protect rape victims from being cross-examined in court about their sexual history is to be introduced to the House of Commons. The introduction on Wednesday of the US-style “rape shield law” by the Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts has attracted strong cross-party support, including from two Conservative former ministers. The sexual offences (amendment) bill 2017 also contains measures to protect sexual assault victims who are attending school or college, place limits on the disclosure of a victim’s name by police to a rapist the victim does not know, and extend the range of offences that can be referred to the court of appeal for unduly lenient sentences. The new law would prevent the cross-examination of rape victims about their sexual history, previous behaviour or appearance.