Plan launched to deal with same-sex sexual violence as rape convictions fall to record low

Plan launched to deal with same-sex sexual violence as rape convictions fall to record low
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Posted on 30 Jul 2020

A new strategy by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), aimed at addressing the tumbling rates of charging and prosecution for rape, will include guidance on dealing with same-sex sexual violence and sexual violence involving a transgender complainant or defendant.


The CPS has unveiled its blueprint alongside the release of data which, according to the BBC, shows that the number of rape convictions in England and Wales has fallen to a record low.

Although in 2018/19 there were more than 58,000 reports of rape made to police, there were fewer than 2,000 convictions.


Commenting, Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill said: “Rape and serious sexual offences are abhorrent crimes which can have a profound and lasting impact.

“It is clear that more needs to be done both to encourage victims to come forward with confidence, and to support them through the criminal justice process so the gap between reports of rape and cases that reach the courts can be closed.”


As well as the guidance on dealing with same-sex sexual violence and sexual violence involving a transgender complainant or defendant, the new CPS blueprint also includes a greater focus on training specialist prosecutors to understand victim behaviour, tactics employed by offenders and technological advances.  

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