Prosecutions are down by 32% in a year and convictions have fallen by 26%, CPS figures show.
Written by Caelainn Barr, Allexandra Topping and Owen Bowcott, The Guardian
Rape charges, prosecutions and convictions in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest levels in more than a decade.
The steep decline comes despite the number of rapes the police record more than doubling over six years to 58,657 in 2018.
Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service (click here for full report) show the number of convictions fell by 26% from 2,635 in 2017-18 to 1,925 in 2018-19. The number of prosecutions completed fell by 33% from 4,517 to 3,034, and the number of cases charged by the CPS declined by 38% to 1,758.
The Guardian reported last year that prosecutors had been urged to adopt a more risk-averse approach to rape cases by taking a proportion of “weak cases” out of the system.