feminists@law, Vol 4, No 1 (2014)

Betsy Stanko, 'The Policing and Prosecution of Rape: What do we know and how should our knowledge shape policy and practice?'

This is a video of a lecture given by Betsy Stanko at LSE on 11 March 2014, in which she presents the findings of her research on the investigation and prosecution of rapes reported to the Metropolitan Police Service over the 8 years from 2005-2013. The lecture is followed by comments from panellists Louise Ellison, Martin Hewitt and Harriet Wistrich. Louise Ellison addresses the treatment of rape complainants with mental health conditions; Martin Hewitt discusses the need to provide access to justice for rape victims; and Harriet Wistrich talks about the recent civil case, DSD v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 436 (QB), in which two of the victims of serial rapist John Worboys successfully sued the Metropolitan Police under the Human Rights Act 1998 for failures in their investigation of the rapes. The event was organised by LSE Law, LSE Gender Institute and the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, and was chaired by Christine Chinkin.

Betsy Stanko from donatella alessandrini on Vimeo. The lecture can also be found on the LSE website.

Betsy Stanko is Honorary Professor of Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London and Assistant Director, Planning and Portfolio, Metropolitan Police Service. She is soon to join the Mayor of London's Office on Policing and Crime as Head of Insight and Evidence.

Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law at the LSE and Acting Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Louise Ellison is Professor of Law at the University of Leeds.

Martin Hewitt is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Crime and Operations, Metropolitan Police Service.

Harriet Wistrich is a solicitor with Birnberg Pierce and Partners.

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