Rape victims dropping allegations over fears defence lawyers will use mobile phone

Harriet Wistrich, who successfully represented two rape victims in a landmark judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys, told The Telegraph that in some areas police are demanding “almost unlimited” access to the mobile phones of victims and other data before pressing ahead with cases. She said: “There is evidence that there’s a real problem with rape victims, including teenagers, being told to hand over their phones. Rape victims are dropping allegations over fears defence lawyers will use personal information on their phones against them, the solictor who took on John Worboys has warned. “We are hearing from rape crisis groups that women are refusing… read more

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