Reported rapes have soared, but cases reaching court have plummeted. Our coalition of women’s groups won’t stand for it

Rachel Krys is co-director of End Violence Against Women Coalition

This is a sad day. I belong to a national coalition of women’s organisations which have finally been forced to launch a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to prosecute rape.

We believe the CPS has altered its approach in how it makes decisions on whether to charge or drop rape cases. For almost a decade, the CPS used a “merits-based” approach to building rape cases. This means working from a thorough consideration of the law on rape (the seeking as well as the giving of consent, and being in a fit state to do so) and building a case that assumes the jury will make a decision without relying on “rape myth” prejudices.

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