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JURIES (advocacy campaign)

JURIES (Jurors Understanding Rape Is Essential Standard) is a campaign group cofounded in September 2014 by Jill Saward and Alison Boydell.[1][2] It seeks to make it mandatory for jurors in sexual abuse and rape trials to be informed about "the myths, stereotypes and realities" concerning those issues.[3]

Formation September 2014
Founders Jill Saward, Alison Boydell
Type Advocacy group
Purpose Mandatory briefings for jurors in sexual abuse and rape trials
Slogan "Jurors Understanding Rape Is Essential Standard"

Explaining the goal of the campaign, Saward wrote: "We envisage this being done by a DVD that is played in open court that addresses some of the most common myths. Many victims are not getting justice because jurors believe incorrect information that is prejudicial to their thinking, before any evidence is heard. Currently rape myths can be addressed, but only after the evidence is heard. This is too late."[4]

In January 2015, Saward debated the campaign's goals with Helen Reece, Professor in Law at the London School of Economics, on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.[5]


  1. ^ Associated Press (5 January 2017). "Jill Saward, Campaigner Against Sexual Violence, Dies at 51". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "JURIES: Who we are and why we are here". JURIES. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Danny (12 November 2014). "How can more sex offenders be brought to justice?". BBC News Online. BBC. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Saward, Jill (11 November 2014). "Jill Saward: Jurors Understanding Rape is Essential Standard (JURIES)". Jill Saward. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Presenter: Jenni Murray; Interviewed guests: Jill Saward, Helen Reece; Producer: Beverley Purcell (28 January 2015). "Should we brief juries involved in sex cases?". Woman's Hour. BBC. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 8 January 2017.