oa News and Views for Magistrates - The problem of attrition in rape cases

Volume 2004, Issue 09
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Extracted from text ... One of the greatest problems with the criminal justice system's response to rape is that most cases do not make it through the system to trial. A 1998 study, 1 drawing on a sample of 394 rapes illustrates the extent of this attrition. Of the 394 rapes committed 272 (69%) were reported to the police. Only 17 (6%) of these became 'rape cases';2 5 were referred to court for prosecution and 1 resulted in a conviction. To understand the problem of attrition in the criminal justice system it is necessary to recognize that at every stage of the process ..

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