Just one in THIRTY rape complaints leads to a conviction, stats reveal

Mail Online | 9/12/2019 | Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline
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The number of people convicted of rape has slumped to less than 2,000 despite nearly 60,000 complaints being made to police last year.

Just 3.3 per cent of all rape claims made to authorities lead to a conviction, meaning only one in thirty complainants see the person they accuse punished.

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The shocking figures have led campaigners to claim that rape is being 'effectively decriminalised' in Britain.

The percentage of reports which lead to a conviction in rape cases is much lower than many other types of crime.

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In drugs cases and those involving possession of a weapon, around one in three cases lead to a successful prosecution.

The appalling statistics for rape offences were revealed in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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It shows there were just 1,925 convictions for rape or an alternative lesser offence in 2018-19, down from the 2,635 figure for the previous 12 months.

This is despite the number of rape claims dealt with annually by police in England and Wales rising from 35,847 to 57,882 during the last four years.

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It means around 3.3% of all reported rapes end in a conviction.

Campaigners believe the CPS has become more reluctant to bring cases in the aftermath of a series of collapsed trials in recent years.

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They say the CPS had begun ditching so-called 'weak' cases in order to improve notoriously low rape conviction rates.

Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women's Justice, accused the Crown Prosecution service of a 'deliberate change in the approach'.

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Andrea Simon, from End Violence Against Women Coalition, added: 'These numbers represent real women subjected to rape, a crime which does enormous harm, who are then further victimised by a system that does not take them seriously.

'These shocking and unjustifiable failings speak to a clear and concerted shift in how the CPS...
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