Rape Survivors and the Criminal Justice System

Julian Molina, Sarah Poppleton

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A survey of nearly 500 survivors of rape, undertaken by the Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has highlighted just 14% believed they would receive justice by reporting the crime to the police.

This comes at a time when reports to police about rape have increased hugely but cases charged by CPS have dropped markedly. In 2019/20 there were 55,000 reports of rape to the police, but only 1,867 cases charged. In addition, the proportion of victims who chose to withdraw their support for their case has steadily increased (from 25% in 2015/16 to 41% in 2019/20).

In response to the fall in rape prosecutions, in 2019, the government launched an End to End Review of how rape is dealt with in the criminal justice system.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOffice of the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales
Number of pages70
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


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