Rape discussion needs to avoid blaming victims

According to a recent survey, only around 15 per cent of victims feel able to report serious sexual assault to the police 
THE statistics for rape convictions in Northern Ireland revealed this week in the Irish News made for alarming reading. More than 2,000 cases were passed to the Public Prosecution Service by police between 2010-14, with the number of such incidents being reported rising by 73 per cent in the last five years. However, an Assembly research paper found there have been just 83 convictions between 2009 and 2013 – with prosecutors deciding against taking the cases to court more than four times out of five. Those bald statistics are profoundly shocking and quite rightly have galvanised[...]

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