Amnesty Int’l: highlighting rape law is not enough

Amnesty International has said the Government must do more to combat violence against women.

Its call comes as the Home Office this week bids to raise awareness of rape laws. Promotional material warns men to ensure consent before sex and urges them to consider how alcohol can influence such consent.

While the human rights charity has welcomed the move, it said the campaign was not enough. 

'To be more meaningful the Government needs an ongoing campaign, not just on rape but a campaign to end all forms of violence against women in this country,' said an Amnesty spokesman.

Rape support groups have raised questions over the recent review of sentencing for sex offenders. 'The review sends out mixed messages,' said a spokeswoman from charity Rape and Sexual Abuse.

The Government campaign is targeting print and broadcast media and features press advertising and posters.

Only one in 20 reported rapes ends in a conviction.

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