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PCC tackling violence against women and children at rape seminar


PCC Sue Mountstevens

Tackling rape was the focus of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ address to academics at a conference at Bristol University on Friday, June 28.

The event was attended by distinguished academics from across the country including Avon and Somerset’s Rape Champion Chief Superintendent (C/Supt) Sarah Crew, who presented ‘a police response to rape’.

Speaking at the event, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I was clear in my campaign that domestic and sexual violence particularly against women and children is something that I want to see tackled during my time in office.

“It is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan, and I aim through my role as PCC to further our joint ambitions towards tackling this unacceptable and illegal act.

“I feel honoured to be amongst such experts and look forward to taking away lots to think about. I’m also particularly interested in how we can link up better with academia and develop new relationships going forward.”

Avon and Somerset Rape Champion C/Supt Sarah Crew said: ““It’s a real honour to be able to present the Avon and Somerset approach to tackling sexual violence to such renowned academics in this field.

“Whilst we have done much to improve the way we respond to victims and bring their offenders to justice locally, we are keen to become even better and are hoping to learn more form the people we heard from and have met today to help us take those steps.

“Working with our partners at the Bridge, Safelink and Rape Crisis we will continue to offer best service possible to victims of these crimes.”

Other titles of topics covered at the seminar included ‘a progression of cases through the system in the North East’; ‘she looks too drunk to consent to a cup of tea, never mind sex: evaluating a sexual consent campaign aimed at young men’; ‘would you report rape to the police?’; ‘practicalities, rape myths and rationality’ and ‘developing policy on rape in the European Union’.

Following the seminar attendees were invited to join an open meeting of the Violence Against Women Study Group, the British Sociological Association.

The Conference was hosted by the centre for Gender and Violence Research, school for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.


Posted on Monday 1st July 2013
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