The next steps
What we hope is apparent from this collection is that multiple perpetrator rape (MPR) is not a uniform phenomenon. While it is clear that MPR follows other forms of sexual violence in a gendered pattern, the various contexts in which it occurs, and the different parties that can be involved, mean that there is no one solution for preventing MPR. However, several of the chapters have alluded to areas where action can be taken. Given the infancy of this field and the volume of necessary work yet to be undertaken, this short chapter will not attempt to draw any far-reaching conclusions. Instead, we wish to share our thoughts about the next steps for research, policy and practice in relation to MPR. We will first address some of the major themes that have emerged throughout the book, and then conclude the chapter by addressing a range of topics that develop and extend our understanding of them.