PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: Rape and conviction rates - Jane’s story

Pips Taylor investigates what happens when a rape case gets to court.

She talks to Jane, who was raped by her friend’s boyfriend.

Jane reported the rape and the Crown Prosecution Service took the case to trial where it was heard in a Crown Court in front of a judge and jury.

Jane explains how she felt about the behaviour of the jury during the trial and Alison Saunders from the CPS explains why jury acquittal is the largest single reason for cases not to succeed.

This series contains some sexual violence. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.

This clip is from the series I Never Said Yes.

Teacher Notes

Students could use this clip to discuss the crime of rape, and conviction rates in the UK. Conviction rates are very low in the UK and it's suggested that this is because jury acquittal is the largest single reason for cases not to succeed.

Should a new system be introduced to try those accused of rape?

What can be done to encourage victims to testify in court?

What role might drugs and alcohol have in rape cases?

Can more be done to educate people about the risks of being raped or the consequences you might face if you raped someone?

Is ultimately the legal system unfair or intimidating to victims of rape? Could it be reformed?

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching PSHE and Citizenship at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 in Scotland.

More from I Never Said Yes:

Rape - Laura's story of partner rape
Rape - male attitudes towards sex and consent
Rape - Natalie's story of being gang raped
Rape - Nicole’s survival story
Rape and its impact - Sarah's story