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Support for Victims and Witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but, with your help, we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support you and treat you with dignity.

The aim of witness care units is to provide a single point of contact for Victims and Witnesses, minimising the stress of attending court and keeping  victims and witnesses up to date with any news in a way that is convenient to them.

Witnesses are essential to successful prosecutions and we are committed to making the process as straightforward as we can.

Read the fact sheet about witness care units

Find out more about being a witness

Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

Statement from CPS London after two young boys are convicted of attempted rape


Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS London, said:

"Any case involving young children is always difficult and calls for the most sensitive handling. In this case the allegations made by the young girl were very serious. She had given a clear and compelling account to the police and her account was consistent with the medical evidence and with the accounts given by other witnesses to the police. She has the same right to the protection of the law as an adult and that is why, after very careful consideration of all the evidence, the case was put before a jury.

"The decision to prosecute was not taken lightly. Rape and attempted rape are very serious offences and the defendants were both very young. The CPS was determined that they should have a fair trial and every effort was made to that end. 

"This was never going to be an easy case for a court to hear but that does not absolve the CPS of its duty to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence to do so and a prosecution is in the public interest. We hope that the jury's verdict today can provide the young girl and her family with some comfort after these difficult events."