The focus on the criminal justice response to victims of personal violence and abuse, particularly where it is of a sexual nature, is increasingly intense. The Savile revelations were just the start of it. Last week's report by HM Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), the police inspectorate, on the inconsistency of approach to rape allegations across different regional police forces, the recent drop in the number of prosecutions for rape and domestic violence, and the fact that there has not been a single prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) only add to the concern.

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