Women's groups yesterday called for action to help "instil confidence" in the Scottish justice system after the latest statistics showed that only 6 per cent of reported rape cases north of the Border actually lead to prosecutions.

Rape convictions have hit an all-time low, raising fears that hundreds of women are being betrayed by the country[base ']s legal system. The figures show 794 alleged rapes took place during 2003, resulting in just 31 successful prosecutions.

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