Protecting women and girls from rape

Rape is a vile crime and more needs to be done to protect women and girls from being attacked. That's why the government has today announced progress on our Rape Review Action Plan, with the number of rape cases referred by the police to the CPS up 95 per cent, as we secure justice for victims.

  • We need radical improvement in the way police handle rape cases and we are determined to increase the volumes of trials being heard and make sure more rapists face justice.
  • That is why the government has introduced a 24/7 rape and sexual abuse helpline, pre-recording of evidence in court to spare victims the trauma of testifying during a live trial, and a new approach to police investigations that focuses on the behaviour of the suspect rather than the victim. We are making sure we are on track to meet our ambition to more than double the number of adult rape cases reaching court by the end of this parliament.
  • Rape cases referred to the CPS are up 95 percent; cases charged are up two-thirds; and cases reaching the Crown Court are up 91 percent, delivering progress and helping more victims secure justice.

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