Thursday 29 July 2021 / 10:19 AM Ellie Reeves.

Shock new figures reveal government’s rape charges target unlikely to be met for decades

Shock new figures reveal government’s rape charges target unlikely to be met for decades

 

New CPS data released this week has revealed that it could take over twenty two years for the Conservatives to deliver on their own target to restore rape charging levels to 2016 levels.

 

CPS data shows that in the end of 2020/21 there was an increase of 88 people charged with rape compared to 2019/20 figures.

 

At this rate, it would take over twenty two years to match the 2016 charging levels. In the rape review published last month, the government pledged to meet the target by the end of this Parliament.

 

The CPS data shows that there has been a fifty per cent drop in rape charges in the last five years. In 2016 there was 3910 charged for rape, in 2020/21 there was only 1955 rape charges. Additionally rape convictions has dropped from 1,439 to 1,109, and prosecutions has dropped from 2,102 to 1,557. Both are now the lowest since record began.

 

Commenting on the figures, Labour’s Shadow Solicitor General Ellie Reeves MP, said:

 

“Rape victims are being failed by this Tory government, and these figures show just how badly.

 

“The time for piecemeal pilots and tinkering on the edges is over – rape victims cannot be left to wait decades for action.

 

“The Government should urgently introduce Labour’s root and branch reforms to support rape victims, as set out in our ending violence against women and girls green paper.”

 

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