Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has said he had a "thought-provoking" meeting with the sex attack victim who broke down in tears as she denounced his sentencing proposals as a disaster.
Mr Clarke met Gabrielle Browne, the victim of an attempted rape, after he sparked uproar by suggesting some rapes were more serious than others.
The 45-year-old mother-of-two said she had fought for 688 days to have her attacker brought to justice, only for him to have his sentence reduced for a guilty plea.
She called BBC Radio 5 Live as Mr Clarke was explaining his proposals - now not expected until later this summer - to halve the sentences for offenders who plead guilty early.
But, under pressure from 10 Downing Street, Mr Clarke apologised for his comments and offered to meet Ms Browne, who has waived her right to anonymity.
Speaking after Tuesday's meeting, Mr Clarke said: "I have had a thought-provoking meeting with Ms Browne. She went through an horrific ordeal and I was keen to hear her first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. I promised that I would reflect carefully on our useful discussion."
Last Wednesday on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Clarke appeared to draw a distinction between date rape and "serious rape, with violence and an unwilling woman".
Put to him that "rape is rape", he said: "No, it is not."
Mr Clarke was confronted on the radio by Ms Browne, who told him: "It happened to me. It's a disaster, especially with sex offenders."
In a statement issued by the BBC, Ms Browne said: "It was a constructive and helpful meeting. I won't be making any further comment until after I've appeared on Victoria Derbyshire's programme on Wednesday."