Readers respond to the Guardian’s reporting on how juries convict less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape

Figures showing the low conviction rates for younger men accused of rape in the UK are a shocking but unsurprising reminder of why so many instances of sexual violence go unreported (Juries convict less than third of young men prosecuted for rape, 24 September). Many women and girls believe – with good reason – that they simply won’t get justice.

At ActionAid, we know from our own work that around the world, women and girls don’t have the confidence to report gender-based violence, from rape to sexual harassment. Our research has found that while nearly half of women globally – including in the UK – have experienced sexual harassment, some 68% of those women did not report it to the police. Half said they believed it would be “pointless” to do so.

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