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Delayed bills are the tip of the iceberg—victims of gendered violence are being failed across the board

Between shocking new rape prosecution statistics, delays to a vital anti-domestic violence bill and the knighting of Geoffrey Boycott, it's been a bad week for vulnerable women

By Sian Norris  

New statistics show rape prosecutions are at a low. Photo: Chris Downer licensed under Creative Commons 2.0, edited by Prospect

Going off the headlines this week, you’d assume that rape was practically legal in the UK. Of the approximately 58,000 rapes recorded by the in England and Wales every year, only 1,758 are charged by the Crown Prosecution Service.

From there, the numbers drop even further: only a third of referred cases resulted in charges being brought against an alleged rapist. This is a drop from 62 per cent of referred cases being…

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