Rise in UK convictions for rape

The Crown Prosecution Service says the number of successful convictions of defendants charged with rape has continued to rise.

Justice system 'better and better' at prosecuting rape

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence are at an all-time high.

For victims of these appalling crimes, the message is clear: you can have confidence that the criminal justice system is getting better and better at prosecuting these offences and if your case is charged there is now a very strong chance that your attacker will be convicted.

Offenders too should be warned.

However there is clearly more work to do. Violence against women and girls is a key priority for the CPS, and we continue to monitor our progress on these types of cases very closely to ensure we continue to improve our performance.

– Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions

Victims of rape often 'reluctant to come forward'

Government figures show that only a fraction of the thousands of men and women who are victims of sexual crimes each year report what has happened to police.

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence are at an all-time high
Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence are at an all-time high Credit: Press Association

Around 473,000 women and men are sexually assaulted each year, with one in 20 women reported as being a victim of a serious sexual offence.

But only 54,000 sexual offences are recorded by police on average each 12 months, which it has been claimed is partly because victims are reluctant to come forward.

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