Decline in number of rape convictions
The conviction rate for rape cases that are brought to trial has dropped from 60.3% in 2013-14 to 63.2% in 2012-13, despite a 30% rise in the number of rapes reported to the Police. Following this, and a series of high profile acquittals in rape cases (such as Michael Le Vell, Nigel Evans and William Roache), the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has announced proposed changes to the way police and prosecutors will look at rape cases.
The law around consent for sex states that a rape occurs where there is both a lack of consent from the complainant, and, where the accused did not have a reasonable belief that the complainant was consenting. The DPP has said that Police and prosecutors must focus more on what an accused person did to ensure that the complainant was consenting, rather than simply looking at the complainant’s behaviour.
At Emery Johnson Astills we are have a wealth of experience in sexual offences cases, and understand how difficult it can be to find yourself accused of a sexual offence. Emery Johnson Astills will provide you with the advice and support you need from the police station, and if necessary through to trial. If you need assistance, please call Emery Johnson Astills on 0116 255 4855, today.