'Handling of rape and sexual crime cases unacceptable' - Dillon
The way in which many rape and sexual crimes are dealt with by the legal system here is 'totally unacceptable', Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.
The party’s victim’s spokesperson was commenting after a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate said processes for dealing with rape and other serious sexual crimes in the north take too long, are too expensive and fail to deliver an acceptable outcome for victims.
Linda Dillon said:
“The findings of this report provide stark reading and are totally unacceptable.
“Reporting a rape or sexual assault is always going to be a traumatic and difficult experience. Victims, who may have waited months, years or decades to report the offences against them, should not be let down by the system.
“It is Sinn Féin’s view that any recommendations emerging from the current review into the handling of rape and sexual crimes and the conduct of trials should be properly implemented and resourced in order to reduce the anxiety for victims and delays in case progression.”