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  Rape conviction rates 21 Nov 2005  
Why are they so low?

It is estimated that 50,000 British women are raped every year. Of these only 600 will ever see their assailants sent to jail. This is a lower proportion than any where else in Europe, the United States, Canada or Australia.

The number of reported rapes is rising every year, but the rate of successful prosecutions is falling. Less that six percent of reported rapes now result in a conviction.  Why is there so little success, despite the huge efforts made by the police and the judicial system to change the way that rape is investigated?

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC joins Jenni Murray to address these issues.

Women 'get the blame for being raped'

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