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To: Kit Malthouse MP - Minister for Policing, National Police Chiefs' Council and CPS

Stop forcing sexual assault survivors to hand in their phones in investigations

Stop or change the use of 'digital device extraction' forms that force sexual assault survivors to give up their phones and access to social media accounts

Why is this important?

Survivors of rape and sexual assault are being forced to hand over their phones and social media accounts to the police - or risk their attackers walking free. Instead of making sure victims and survivors are safe and supported, police want to pick apart years of text messages, photos and personal memories - making survivors feel as if they're the ones on trial.

Key digital evidence could be given to police and disclosed in court without excessive phone downloads being taken that risk being used for fishing expeditions into victims' pasts.

One woman has said: "My phone documents many of the most personal moments in my life and the thought of strangers combing through it, to try to use it against me, makes me feel like I'm being violated once again."

The NPCC and CPS are already facing a backlash against the plans. If thousands of us sign this petition and add our voices, we can make sure they backtrack.


Reasons for signing

  • Because we shouldn’t have to feel like it’s our fault and like we are getting punished
  • There are many forms of privacy intrusion which leave me with feelings of unease. The wider implications of rapid technological advances and its potential impact on my children’s lives is a cause for concern when I’m left alone with nothing but my thoughts for company. However, when the recipient of such a comprehensive intrusion is the victim of an awful crime then this is nothing other than just plain wrong.
  • I signed because i am a survivor of this horrific crime. All survivors deserve justice with out having thier private life scrutinised. Being Raped is bad enough but to then be told your attacker wont be prosecuted unless you hand over your phone is devastating. I need Justice to rebuild myself, what ever that looks like? Pls sign


2019-05-02 19:03:55 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2019-05-02 08:31:36 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2019-05-01 19:10:43 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-05-01 17:45:33 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-05-01 16:21:38 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-05-01 15:01:35 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-05-01 14:56:39 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-05-01 14:54:17 +0100

25 signatures reached

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10 signatures reached