Women reporting rape to British police face low odds of seeing attackers convicted, says a London-based women’s-rights organization, the Fawcett Society, reports Women’s eNews. Society director Katherine Rake calls the overall situation a national scandal that reveals a culture of disbelief and delayed responses that contribute to vital evidence being lost.
In one area, Dorset, in southwestern England, fewer than 2 percent of rape cases led to a conviction, down from 7 percent the previous year. In the northeast area of Cleveland, conviction rates increased to 18 percent in 2007 from 8 percent in 2008. Unlike many other places, rape victims in Cleveland can choose to be supported by an independent sexual violence adviser to provide a high level of emotional and legal support..