There were 58,657 reports of rape in 2018-19 but only 833 convictions — these are the stories behind the figures

More people are reporting that they have been raped than ever before. There were 58,657 reports of rape in 2018-19 but the same year saw only 833 rape convictions, many of which will have happened years before. There is substantial evidence that outcomes are getting worse for rape victims. Prosecution and conviction rates for rape are at a 10-year low, prompting the government to announce an end-to-end review of the criminal justice system’s treatment of the crime.

A tranche of documents submitted to the review by End Violence Against Women (EVAW), and seen by the Guardian, include statements from dozens of rape victims whose cases were not prosecuted.

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