Max Clifford sentenced to 8 years in prison: Rape Crisis comments

2 May 2014

Responding this afternoon (2nd May 2014) to the sentencing of publicist Max Clifford to eight years in prison, Rape Crisis England & Wales spokeswoman Katie Russell commented:

“Rape Crisis England & Wales welcomes today’s sentence and the full and considered explanation of its length given to the court by Judge Anthony Leonard.

Through our 40 years’ frontline experience of providing specialist support services to women and girls affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time, we know that the impacts on the lives, health and relationships of survivors can be lifelong.

Rape Crisis is pleased to note that the judge in this case gave careful consideration to the impact of Max Clifford’s crimes on the women who gave evidence against him.

Although Clifford has not apologised nor apparently shown any remorse, we hope that the women against whom he perpetrated these crimes of sexual violence feel they have been heard and believed, and have received some level of social as well as criminal justice.

This case is a reminder of how important it is to allow the independent Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to pursue sexual offences through the courts where there is sufficient evidence to do so, no matter how long ago events took place and no matter who the alleged perpetrator might be.

And regardless of whether or not they choose to report to the police, it remains vital that all sexual violence survivors have access to the specialist, confidential and independent support and advocacy services that Rape Crisis Centres provide.”

Rape Crisis encourages any woman or girl whose life has been affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time to find details of her nearest Rape Crisis services here. This website also contains information for male sexual violence survivors.