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