Women who are victims of violence will have more time to report in England and Wales. Justice minister Dominic Raab announced on Wednesday in an effort to “restore women’s confidence in the justice system”. The victims will be able to report the assault or violence for up to two years, instead of six months.
In addition, taking photos or videos of women breastfeeding without their consent is also punishable. The sentences can also be up to two years in prison.
The amendments are contained in two amendments to a law that will be tabled in Parliament. They arrive there several months after several murders of women, such as the one on London’s Sarah Everard by a police officer. That murder sparked a lot in the country and caused a flood of testimonies from women who feel unsafe.
Minister Raab calls the scale of violence against women and girls “repulsive”. “In the twelve months to March 2020, 1.6 million women were victims of domestic violence, more than 600,000 women were sexually assaulted and nearly 900,000 women were stalked. For many, the fear of being alone in the dark or being beaten in their own homes is a sad everyday reality. We have to reverse this,” he writes in the newspaper ‘The Telegraph’. “Protecting women and girls and giving them confidence in the criminal justice system is my top priority.”