Written by Greater London Authority
The London Victims’ Commissioner, Claire Waxman, has today called for drastic improvements for the way rape victims are treated, after a comprehensive review into rape cases in London revealed that only three per cent of allegations result in a conviction and that the accused is known to the victim in the vast majority of cases.
The London Rape Review, conducted by Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the University of West London, looked at 501 allegations of rape made across London in April 2016, providing the clearest picture to date of reported rape in the capital and the reasons why so few cases result in conviction.
The review found:
- 84 per cent of allegations were classified as a crime by the police
- Only six per cent of allegations reached trial, with three per cent resulting in a conviction
- 58 per cent of victims withdrew the allegation
- Seven per cent of cases were perpetrated by a stranger
- Almost three in five offences took place in a private or domestic setting, with 28 per cent of all allegations relating to domestic abuse
- The average length of time from the date of reporting to the trial outcome is 18 months