Name and shame
Only 6.5% of reported rapes end in conviction. Compare this to crime in general where the conviction rate is 34%.
Using London (which has a better than average record) as the example:
a) In 2010 -11 there were 3312 reported rapes.
b) Police no-crimed 9.6 % (national average 11.7%).
c) Only 1386 –or 42 % of the crimed cases – were referred to the CPS. (so police closed 1926)
d) The CPS only prosecuted 861 of the cases that were referred to them. So of those referred, the CPS prosecuted 62%
e) That is, only 26 % or ¼ reported cases were prosecuted.
With the conviction rate at only 6.5% all survivors of sexual violence are up against entrenched institutional sexism from the legal, immigration and compensation authorities. We are disbelieved and treated disrespectfully throughout the legal process, including when:
• Evidence is not gathered or presented properly by the police or the Crown Prosecution Service – beginning with the woman’s statement to the police.
• Women are pressed to withdraw, or find their case was dropped.
• The victim never meets the person presenting her case;
• If the case ever reaches court the woman is put "on trial", and not defended by the prosecuting barrister;
• Rape cases are undermined by widespread sexism, racism and discrimination against women on the basis of occupation, sexual history, medical history or disability, nationality, immigration status, age, class, sexual orientation, relationship to the attacker, criminal record . . .
Rape has been in the media a lot recently because of the Savile and other cases.
It is a big step forward that the truth about how rape is deprioritised by the police and CPS is finally being acknowledged. We helped a woman win a path breaking £15 000 compensation from the Metropolitan Police for losing evidence in her rape resulting in the man's acquittal. This happened in Southwark and is a direct result of our work as the girl's mother is part of WAR. Because we refused to be fobbed off with excuses, we won an unusually damning report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the negligent and dysfunctional Sapphire Unit in Southwark, London, which had dealt with her daughter’s rape. We have publicised its findings. In a nutshell, vehicle crime was given a higher priority than rape. Since then, we have had a series of meetings with the heads of the police and prosecution service, and we intend to ensure that they implement their promises of change, so that more women and girls can get protection and justice.
In 2013 the IPCC published a report showing that the Southwark rape unit had a policy in 2009 of forcing women to withdraw their rape allegations.