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Sadiq Khan urges ministers to address ‘severe’ court backlog for rape victims

Sadiq Khan urges ministers to address ‘severe’ court backlog for rape victims
Exclusive: ‘Agonising waits for court and last-minute changes are causing untold damage to victims’ mental health,’ warns London mayor

London’s mayor has demanded the government urgently address the “severe” court backlog as he warned services to help rape and sexual assault victims are “stretched to breaking point”.

Sadiq Khan urged the Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, to introduce measures to address the court backlog and help over-capacitated services that provide sexual violence survivors with therapy and other help.

In an open letter addressed to Mr Raab, shared exclusively with The Independent, Mr Khan warned the justice system is “in crisis from end-to-end” – with these issues exerting growing pressure on support services.