The justice system is still failing victims and survivors of sexual violence

Tammi Walker, Alison Foster, Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, Miranda Howarth

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Abstract

The number of rape cases being dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) continues to sharply decline. The CPS charged, prosecuted and convicted fewer cases despite more alleged rapes being recorded by police in the year to March 2019. This data shows charged cases fell by 38%; prosecutions dropped by 33%; and convictions declined 27% (Crown Prosecution Service, 2019). However, alleged rapes recorded by the police increased by 9% in the same period. In effect, there were three convictions for every 100 rape cases recorded by the police in England and Wales in the year to March 2019.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychologist
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020

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