In the Media

Tougher prison terms for 'date rapists'

PUBLISHED June 21, 2004

Rapists are to face tougher jail terms under a government crackdown on judges accused of not taking 'date rapes' seriously enough.

Harriet Harman, the Solicitor-General, told The Observer attackers who know their victims are too often being let off with brief sentences, despite evidence that being attacked by a colleague or acquaintance is as traumatic as rape by a stranger.