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written by The Justice of the Peace on the 28th March 2013 at 12:46

RAPERape is rightly an emotive subject; it is a heinous crime. It has also become a political totem for those who consider that equal women`s rights is a state that has yet to be achieved. The result is that spurious so called statistics are offered to the media. This recent headline in the “Independent” is but one example. Real unadulterated facts are that in the latest year for which figures are available; 2011, proceedings were taken against 2,873 defendants of which 1,153 were found guilty. This is a conviction rate of 40%. Considering that CPS guidelines state that for a prosecution to be considered there must be a realistic prospect of conviction ie 50%, the resultant conviction rate of 40% indicates that prosecutions were undertaken without that realistic prospect being realised. I would suggest that the numbers show that it is not unlikely that extraneous factors were involved in deciding to prosecute. Could these factors have included political or social pressure?


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