Attitudes and Responses to Rape in Light of the Low Conviction Rate
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The law relating to rape is currently the subject of much debate following the Home Office figures which state that the UK conviction rate is under 6%, creating pressure on the Government to implement change. It is well-documented that pre-conceived attitudes about the nature of rape can be a huge barrier to prosecuting rape effectively. Each year the number of women reporting rape increases significantly but the conviction rate remains the same. This article examines the current role and practices of the police and CPS in prosecuting rape cases and considers the impact that rape myths and preconceived attitudes held by the public and potential juror members can exert on the trial process.
Ewing, K. (2009) 'Attitudes and Responses to Rape in Light of the Low Conviction Rate, Plymouth Law and Criminal Justice Review, 2, pp. 48-70. Available at: https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/8947
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