Crime Stats

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Crime Stats

Did you know that the number of rape cases reported to prosecutors has fallen to a record low? In 2012-2013, UK police referred 5,404 rape cases to the Crown Prosecution Service. This is over 2,700 less than the same figures for 2010-2011.

Former Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry, suggested that police forces under pressure from budget cuts may be ‘cutting corners.’ According to charity, Rape Crisis, the figures seem inconceivable, especially given that historic rape cases are at an all-time high in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. * It begs the question, are rape cases being taken seriously?

Historical Data

Despite the reduced amount of reported rape cases, figures have clearly demonstrated that the number of rapes reported to the police in England and Wales in 2008 – 2013 has increased from 13,096 in 2008-2009 to 17,061 in 2013. Learning to protect yourself is more important than ever. All of our self-defence courses cover personal safety awareness in your daily life as well as focusing on easy and effective self-defence techniques.

Former Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry’s Opinion

Ms. Thornberry, who uncovered the figures, claimed that she has personally been in contact with rape victim’s charities. Her research uncovered that cases were being dropped that could have been taken to the Crown Prosecution Service. She stated that she believes it to be a very worrying trend and continues by staying, ‘The CPS is doing a lot of work on trying to improve the way in which they prosecute these cases and that is to be applauded. But, if they are not being given the cases to prosecute you have to ask why that is.’

Sheelaborated, ‘I don’t know the answer to that. I do though know the police have been subjected to 20 per cent cuts and they are difficult cases to prosecute with vulnerable prosecution witnesses that take a lot of time. I’m seriously concerned that there may be corners being cut.’

‘The police are under huge pressure to produce results, to get convictions. Targeting cases that are easier to get convictions on, I can understand that. I don’t know whether that is the case or not, but I worry that it may be. I’m obviously in close contact with a lot of organisations that help victims and their view is that cases are being dropped that shouldn’t be dropped.’

She added: ‘There is no further action and they are taking the decision in the wrong way too often.I think that the difficulty is that these cases are hard,and they need resources and they need to be priorities. At a time of stress and strain and cutbacks it is very easy to lose site of the importance of these cases.’

Rape Crisis’ Opinion

The charity Rape Crisis expressed fears the police may not be taking victims of so-called historic abuse cases seriously. This is disheartening, especially in the post silence assault era of today, a time when public understanding of sexual violence is at an all-time high and the number of victims coming forward is at a uniquely high level following the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal and subsequent police investigations.

Katie Russell of Rape Crisis stated that what appeared to be a decrease in justice for rape victims was counter-intuitive and undermined efforts by police forces to improve their handling of such cases.

She continued, ‘Across the country there has been a rise in survivors of what is sometimes referred to as historic abuse who have come forward, either to the police or to support agencies like Rape Crisis. If that’s translating to reduced referrals to the Crown Prosecution Service, then obviously our fear would be that so-called historical cases and particularly cases where adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse come forward are not being handled as well or taken as seriously as they might be.’

She concludes: ‘It seems really obtuse at this current moment which is almost unique arguably in terms of how much public awareness and understanding of sexual violence has been generated over the last year by media coverage of the Savile scandal and the subsequent Yewtree investigation and other similar cases.’

Former Crime Prevention Minister, Norman Baker’s Opinion

Former Crime Prevention Minister, Norman Baker, admitted at the time that he was concerned by the fall in number of referrals.

He stated, ‘It would seem quite counter-intuitive that that period coincides with what essentially, certainly seems at first-glance a reduction in the levels of criminal justice for survivor’s, so it is certainly a concern.’

He continued, ‘Government had already met with the director of public prosecutions and police leaders and agreed to establish a CPS-police scrutiny panel to look at how forces are dealing with rape cases.Police reform is working, and crime is down. However, I am determined to drive through the government’s commitments to improve the criminal justice system’s response to rape, to encourage more victims to seek help and to bring more perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice and to push up level of convictions.

He concluded by saying, ‘The government is concerned by the falls in referrals from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service, which is why we held a round-table with the director of public prosecutions and national policing leads. Several actions are now being taken forward including establishing a joint CPS-police scrutiny panel to review whether there is different local practice in the way rape cases are referred.I take this area of work very seriously.’

Historical Rape Cases Referred to CPS by Police Forces

The total number of rape-flagged cases referred to the CPS by police forces in England and Wales for a charging decision in each of the last five years is as follows:

2008-9 – 6,597 cases referred
2009-10 – 7,683 cases referred
2010-11 – 8,130 cases referred
2011-12 – 6,822 cases referred
2012-13 – 5,404 cases referred

The CPS figures were released by Solicitor General, Oliver Heald in response to a parliamentary question from shadow attorney general, Emily Thornberry.The steady decrease since 2011 comes despite the number of rape complaints recorded by the police increasing steadily from 13,096 in 2008-9 to 17,061 in 2012-13.
London cab sex attacks ‘increase by 54%’

Londoners are being warned of the dangers of using illegal minicabs as figures show a 54% increase in cab-related sex attacks in the past year. In 2009/2010 143 such offences were reported to police compared with 93 for the previous year. Overall cab-related sexual offences have fallen 20% since the city’s Safer Travel at Night campaign began in 2002. New female students in particular are being told not to use taxis that have not been booked.

Transport for London started the Safer Travel at Night campaign eight years ago in an attempt to drive down the number of people attacked by illegal minicab drivers. Figures for cab-related sex assaults, which include black cabs, reached an all-time low of 93 in 2008/2009. A dedicated team set up last year to deal with these offences has so far resulted in more than 100 arrests.

“These figures are a stark reminder of the dangers of getting into an unbooked minicab”

– Kulveer Ranger, mayor’s transport advisor

Booking a taxi ensures a record of the journey, driver and vehicle is kept and can be accessed if necessary.

 

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*Reference: By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 20:09, 27 October 2013| UPDATED:12:02, 28 October 2013