Who we are and why we are asking you to respond to this request for information

You may be aware that the Government is currently looking at why so few rapes result in a prosecution (the ‘rape review’). The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales would like to hear about your experience of reporting a rape and, if relevant, your experience of how your case was handled. We would also like to hear from you if you did not report the assault(s) to the police, and the reasons for this decision. We regret we cannot hear your experiences if your case (the investigation or prosecution) is still ongoing.

The Victims’ Commissioner acts independently of the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to champion the rights of victims and make sure they are treated fairly and correctly by the criminal justice system.

When we say victims, we mean victims as a group. Unfortunately, the Commissioner does not have the power in law or the resource to examine and champion individual cases.

We will analyse the information you provide and publish a report on it, which we hope will add victims’ voices to the information collected for the rape review. We would like to hear from all rape survivors - whatever your age, gender, ethnicity and occupation - if you have had contact with the criminal justice system and your case is, to the best of your knowledge, concluded. You will be anonymous (not able to be identified) in our reporting, whether or not you choose to give us your contact details at the end of this set of questions.

We will be publishing the findings in the Autumn and the report will be shared with the rape review. At the end of the survey we will ask for your consent to use anonymised quotations from your response in this report. We will also ask if you would like to receive an emailed copy of the published report.

Please see this Privacy Policy which explains how the Office of the Victims’ Commissioner collects, uses and shares personal information.

If you would like to find out more about the Commissioner and her research team, please see the team’s biographies here. There is also a list of support available to rape survivors here. If you have any questions, please get in touch: victims.commissioner@victimscommissioner.org.uk