Campaigners cite ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances as CPS data reveals 23.1% fall in cases being charged
- Part one: Revealed – less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape are convicted
- Part two: Prosecutors urged to ditch ‘weak’ rape cases to improve figures
- Part three: Police demands for potential rape victims’ data spark privacy fears
The number of rape cases being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service has plummeted to the lowest in a decade, despite an increase in the number of incidents reported to police, figures have revealed.
The CPS charged 849 fewer defendants in 2017-18 than the previous year – a 23.1% fall –according to the service’s annual Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report.