There is an urgent need to reform the law relating to the use of sexual history evidence in rape and sexual assault trials. In my research, I set out:
- the reasons why restrictions on sexual history evidence are needed;
- the evidence we have as to how often sexual history evidence is used in sexual offence trials;
- why the Court of Appeal judgment in R v Ched Evans is problematic; and
- detailed recommendations for reform of the law.
A research briefing is available which summarises the key points.