Sexual History Evidence and the Rape Trial

Adopting a critical multidisciplinary perspective underpinned by feminist theory, this accessible book mounts an important interrogation into the use of a victim’s sexual history as evidence in rape trials.

Restricted access

The use of a rape victim’s sexual history as evidence attracted intense public attention after the acquittal of footballer Ched Evans in 2017. Set within the context of a criminal justice system widely perceived to be failing rape victims, the use of sexual history evidence remains a flashpoint of contention around rape law reform.

This accessible book mounts an important interrogation into the use of a victim’s sexual history as evidence in rape trials. Adopting a critical multidisciplinary perspective underpinned by feminist theory, the authors explore the role and significance of sexual history evidence in criminal justice responses to rape.

Joanne Conaghan is Professor of Law at the University of Bristol.

Yvette Russell is Senior Lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory at the University of Bristol.

Author/Editor details at time of book publication.