Something good from this
When reporting systems fail, when victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence feel as damaged by their experience of reporting as they did by the original abuse, when people have given up seeking the kind of justice they always believed would be there, one of the things they can hope for is that something good will come out of their experience.
Something good from this is a project from The Consent Collective. We're a community of activists, survivors and experts. Some of us have our own bruises from attempts to get justice. Some of us spend our time working closely with the justice systems that often let people down.
This project is borne out of our experiences.
We know that when people have a lawyer in their family or friendship circles they are in a much better position to know what their rights are and how to exercise them. We know that sometimes all you need is someone who understands the system and can help you write a letter. We know that when systems fail people are left isolated and the learning that could come from their experience rarely gets captured so that things improve for others. We know that community is one of the most powerful things we can be part of.
We don't want to promise you something that we can't deliver. We're not offering to take on your case. We can't promise you justice. We're unable to get involved in any active criminal cases. We can't promise that any decisions that have already been made can be overturned. But, if you've made a report of sexual harassment or sexual violence to the police, your university, your employer or another institution and that process has left you feeling confused, blamed, or isolated we hope our events and content helps you understand what your rights are, what normal reactions to sexual harassment or sexual assault are, and how understanding experiences of injustice might help us build better and stronger training material for the people and organisations you reported to.
Understanding the Victim's Right to Review
In this video from a webinar in May 2019 Nina Burrowes from The Consent Collective, solicitor Kate Ellis from The Centre for Women's Justice and 'Rebecca' from a recent story in The Guardian talk about the practical and emotional side of exercising the Victim's Right to Review
Click here to download a PDF of the slides used in this video.
Useful links for legal information and support:
England and Wales - The Centre for Women's Justice, CPS guidance on the right to review, CPS policy for prosecuting rape, Victim's Commissioner, click here to find out who your local political representatives are.
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