Number of rape convictions slumps de­spite record number of allegations

Number of rape convictions slumps de­spite record number of allegations


THE number of rape convictions have slumped de­spite a record number of allegations, figures show.

There were 1,925 successful prosecutions in 2018/19 — down from 2,635 the previous year.

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Yet claims of attacks in England and Wales rose from 35,847 to 57,882 in the last four years.

The figures mean 3.3 per cent of reported rapes end in conviction — down from 7.2 per cent in that time.

Crown Prosecution Service’ boss Max Hill ordered a review after its Violence Against Women and Girls report also showed a fall in the charge rate — the decision to prosecute — from 64 per cent to 48 per cent in four years.

It called the gap between rape re­ports and cases going to court “a cause of concern for all in the justice system.”


Campaigners claim the CPS ditches “weak” cases to improve conviction rates.

It said there had been no change in policy — but that factors included a fall in police rape referrals.

Mr Hill said: “Partners across the justice system are looking at how these cases are handled, and the CPS is opening up our charging decisions to further scrutiny.”

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