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Measuring rape convictions

By Prospect   October 2009

Rape British rape statistics have hit the headlines recently. But how complete a picture do the most commonly cited figures give? According to a widely reported study by London Metropolitan University, just 6.5 per cent of reported female rapes end in a conviction. Yet this figure is in fact the “attrition” rate. The actual conviction rate for rape—the percentage of cases brought to trial that result in convictions—has remained close to 50 per cent over the last decade (and conviction, not attrition, is the standard measure for other crimes). Media reporting…

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