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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Rape prosecution is a postcode lottery

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Alarming variation in rape prosecution rates across England and Wales.

Where in the UK a rape a claim will end in prosecution

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, alleged rape victims are three times more likely to see their attacker prosecuted in some parts of the UK compared to others. For example, 28 percent of rapes in Lancashire ended in conviction in 2014/15 compared to just 8.8 percent in nearby Cheshire.

You can see the data for your area thanks to the work of data journalist Niall McCarthy and the excellent Statista site in the infographic below:
Infographic: Where in the UK a rape a claim will end in prosecution | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Surely there shouldn’t be this sort of postcode lottery in 2015.

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