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Durham Law School


Durham Law School postgraduate student interviewed by BBC Radio Tees

(31 January 2012)

Nikki Godden, a PhD candidate in the Law School, contributed to a debate on BBC Radio Tees about the comments made by Alison Saunders, head of the CPS in London, that jurors' preconceptions about women affect how they consider evidence in rape trials and impact on young women's ability to secure a fair trial.

Drawing on her PhD research, Nikki Godden raised wider issues about the ways that preconceptions and stereotypes affect the way rape cases are dealt with throughout the criminal justice process, drawing attention to the fact that only a relatively low proportion of cases go to trial, and the majority not of rapes are not reported to the police.