Revealed: less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape are convicted

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Figures show men aged 18-24 less likely to be found guilty of rape than older men in England and Wales

The crisis engulfing the criminal justice system over its approach to rape cases is revealed by startling figures that show less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men result in a conviction.

According to statistics, men aged 18 to 24 in England and Wales are consistently less likely to be found guilty than older men on trial. Young men accounted for more than a quarter of defendants in rape-only cases in the five years to 2017-18.

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