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Sexual consent is simple. We should all be clear on what constitutes rape, by Alison Saunders, DPP

Consent Is... beautiful, it is enthusiasm, it is free choice, it is mutual. It is NOT assumed, NOT a right of marriage, NOT in the clothes you wear.



The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a social media campaign to get people talking about consent to sex within the context of sexual assault and rape.


Alison Saunders: Some violence is targeted at women and girls - we can't ignore that

As director of public prosecutions, I have made it absolutely clear that my focus is on improving the experience of criminal justice for victims - all victims. I do not differentiate in our treatment of victims - male or female, adult or child, current or non-recent. But what is also clear is that some offending is based on gender. Violence against women and girls (VaWG) is recognised worldwide and by the UK government as a form of offending where gender really does play a part.


Violence Against Women and Girls - DPP speech to Women's Aid, July 1, 2015

Good afternoon. It's a pleasure to be here - particularly as I can talk to you about welcome news of significant improvements in the prosecution of violence against women and girls cases.


Speaking to witnesses at court - DPP, Counsel magazine, March 2015

Last month I announced new proposals to better assist victims and witnesses called to court to give evidence in criminal trials.


Supporting vulnerable witnesses through the Criminal Justice Process - 26 Feb 2015

Speech by Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, St. Mary's Centre 13th Annual Conference 2015


Respecting the 'victim'

Originally published in the Law Society Gazette.


Alison Saunders on asset recovery - Madrid speech

Good morning. I am very pleased to be with you here today. Spain and the UK enjoy an excellent working relationship on criminal justice matters and I am looking forward to us building on that further over the course of this conference.


Alison Saunders introduces the CPS

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, introduces the CPS in a short video.


CPS Response to HMCPSI Review into the disclosure handling in the case of R v Mouncher and others

CPS Response to HMCPSI Review into the disclosure handling in the case of R v Mouncher and others