Our thanks to Paul and others for pointing us to this story. From the article:
Last month the CPS and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that there were 2,300 rape convictions in 2013, down from 2,433 in 2010, while 129 fewer rape suspects were convicted in 2013 than in 2012.
In the last year the number of completed prosecutions and convictions has increased, the CPS said today, but the conviction rate has dropped from 63.2 per cent in 2012-13 to 60.3 per cent in 2013-14.
But new figures show an 8 per cent rise in the volume of police referrals for 2013-14, compared with 2012-13, and the CPS charged 700 more defendants over the same period, an increase of 25 per cent from the previous year.
A reasonable conclusion to draw would be that increase police referral rates and CPS prosecution rates have led to a decline in conviction rates, but of course this conclusion is anathema to misandrous women such as Alison Saunders, the woeful Director of Public Prosecutions.
Among the measures announced today are steps to ensure that there is better application of laws over consent, and that police and prosecutors focus on what steps a suspect may have taken to gain consent from an alleged victim.
‘… what steps a suspect may have taken to gain consent from an alleged victim.’ Now, will buying a women alcoholic drinks be considered ‘steps’? Because women are so feeble-minded they can’t refuse alcoholic drinks when offered them? What would the hatchet-faced Ms Saunders consider acceptable steps? A contract signed in the presence of a solicitor, no more than five minutes before the couple starts engaging in sex?
The plan will also see the updating of the national rape protocol that is used by the police and the CPS for investigating and prosecuting rape cases. Decisions made by police to take no further action in rape cases will be put under closer scrutiny, including monitoring of the quality of record-keeping and the authorisation of decision making, and new practical guidance will be issued to front-line police and prosecutors.
CPS rape and serious assault units will also be reviewed, as will the appointment of appropriate lawyers for rape trials, and a national conference will be convened later this year for all police and prosecutors specialising in rape cases to discuss key issues. Ms Saunders added: ‘The new action plan makes very clear that, as with cases of child sexual abuse, the focus of any investigation and case preparation should not be on the credibility of the victim but on the credibility of the overall allegation, including the actions of the suspect.’
‘… as with cases of child sexual abuse…’. The justice system routinely treats women as having no higher moral agency than children, but it’s rare to see it presented as a guiding principle by an official of such seniority. The article ends with some stupid comments by another hatchet-faced woman, Yvette Balls (née Cooper):
Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said it was ‘very disturbing’ that despite an increase in the number of rape allegations reported to the police since 2010, convictions had been falling. She added: ‘The Home Secretary must take responsibility for this growing justice gap, which is letting so many women down, and introduce clear national standards to drive up performance across police forces, as well as in the criminal justice system.’
‘… growing justice gap…’. Give me strength. If there’s a ‘justice gap’ in the UK, it’s the yawning chasm between how men and women are treated by the justice system.