Government are failing survivors of sexual violence

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a new strategy to tackle the drop in charging and prosecutions for rape, as it was also reported that the number of rape convictions in England and Wales had fallen to a record low.

Responding, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said: “Survivors deserve justice. They must be properly supported to come forward, and be listened to when they do. However, Government inaction is failing survivors of sexual violence and allowing too many criminals to walk free.

Daisy Cooper MP

“Although the CPS’ new strategy is clearly badly needed, this move alone will not overturn the dramatic drop in convictions.

“The Government announced a review to identify why convictions have fallen more than a year ago, but the group conducting it has only met four times and we still haven’t seen any results.

“Ministers must complete the review as soon as possible and urgently make improvements across the whole justice system. Survivors mustn’t be left waiting any longer for the justice they need.”

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