Rape and sexual assault

  • Approximately 80,000 women suffer rape and attempted rape every year (Walby and Allen, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey, 2004).
  • Most women in the UK do not have access to a Rape Crisis Centre (Map of Gaps).
  • A third of people believe women who flirt are partially responsible for being raped (Amnesty)
  • Conviction rates for rape are now at their lowest, far lower than other crimes (Kelly, Lovett and Regan, A gap or a chasm? Attrition in reported rape cases, 2005). Only 5.7% of reported rape cases end in a conviction for the perpetrator.

 

Resources

Police have “Osman” duty to investigate in date rape cases One Crown Office Row, 2014

Responding to the challenge of rape myths in court: A guide for prosecutors Dr Nina Burrowes, March 2013

Forging the links: Rape investigation and prosecution HMIC 2012

The Crisis in Rape Crisis Women's Resource Centre and Rape Crisis England and Wales, March 2008

Not either/or but both/and; Why we need Rape Crisis Centres and Sexual Assault Referral Centres EVAW, CWASU, Rape Crisis, Fawcett

Map of Gaps End Violence Against Women and Equality and Human Rights Commission, November 2007

Without Consent HMCPSI and HMIC Thematic Report, 2007

A Gap or a Chasm L Kelly et al, Home Office Research Study 293, February 2005