The use of technology to report rape

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor encourage the Metropolitan Police Service to commission a specific mobile application which will allow the victims of serious sexual offences to report their experiences discreetly to the police?


Answer for The use of technology to report rape

Answer for The use of technology to report rape

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes.  I want to thank Andrew through you, Victoria, again for this question, and to thank Andrew in particular for the work that he does to draw attention to the problems of improving the reporting of rape and other sexual offences.  It is all about confidence.  It is all about access.  Yes, the idea of apps is one that the MPS should be exploring and I am certainly very interested in that. 


Victoria Borwick AM [on behalf of Andrew Boff AM]:  Thank you, and I think Andrew was particularly keen to raise this after he produced a report, as you probably know, called Improving the Reporting of Rape Using Technology.  He feels it is very important that we should examine different ways that people communicate.  As you said yourself, Mayor, earlier on in the day, everyone uses mobile phones and every other form of technology now and if it means that people, therefore, have a confidential way of reporting a rape, then he was very keen that that should be available to people.  Sometimes because of people’s conditions, they may be locked away, not able to access the ability to go to a police station or to find one.  He felt, therefore, there should be some way of reporting rape.  Obviously, we have all seen the increase in confidence of being able to report rape and we obviously welcome the fact that more people now feel able to come forward to report this.  I am delighted that you commend Andrew’s report and, if you feel there is anything else that could be done to increase the number of victims to come forward, I know you would be very welcome to ‑‑


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  As you know because you have been involved in a lot of this, we have just put another £5 million into the Independent Sexual Violence Advocates and the Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs).  Another 40 people around London we are now funding to give victims of sexual violence or rape confidence that there is someone there for them and to give the perpetrators of these crimes the knowledge that their victims will not be alone and there will be someone that we are funding who will assist them with prosecution and help them through the misery of the legal proceedings. 


Victoria Borwick AM:  Your support for Victim Support should also be noted.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you.