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No convictions in 55% of Cumbrian rape cases

Fewer than half the rape cases reaching court in Cumbria are ending in a conviction – but prosecutors are recording top results in other key crime categories.

Some 45 per cent of rape prosecutions ended in a successful conviction last year, the third worst result in the country.

But Cumbria was fourth best on convictions in cases of violence against women and girls. It was third best in convictions for domestic violence, new figures reveal.

The results are from a national report from the Crown Prosecution Service.

In the category of violence against women and girls there were 638 successful prosecutions in Cumbria, a success result of 81 per cent.

For domestic violence there were 573 successful prosecutions, putting the county third best in a rankings table with a result of 82 per cent.

In the category of sexual offences excluding rape, Cumbria was in the middle of the table, recording a success rate of 80 per cent.

There were 10 successful rape convictions – 45 per cent of court cases.

Cumbria police is currently working with the office of the county’s crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, and others to improve the services for victims of sexual assault and is encouraging more people to come forward to report such crimes.

Agencies are aiming to establish a referral centre that will co-ordinate the health and emotional support available for victims in Cumbria.

The results come as discussions were being held today among senior crimefighting figures on statistics including rape cases.

At a meeting of Mr Rhodes’ executive board statistics were due to be examined showing that the number of historic rape cases being reported in Cumbria are going up.

A report says the Jimmy Savile scandal is believed to be a key factor.

Have your say

I hope this news does not deter genuine victims of assault, be it male, female of any age from speaking out and seeking help. I feel for the genuine victims of high profile persons who seem to have people protecting them. At least records are made even if a prosecution fails. I don't think the alleged perpetrators should be named before a verdict has been made.

Posted by Crikes on 5 July 2014 at 13:58

It seems that Dagsannr is implying that an accusation implies guilt. Hidden amongst what on face value seem to be articulately written posts are deeply disturbing, horribly biased opinions. We don't live in a patriarchal society this seems to be an issue for you though & it really does weaken your arguments. Misogyny, the favoured word of the misandrist.

Posted by Brian on 5 July 2014 at 05:01

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