In the Media

Controversial rape statistics spark call for change in the law

PUBLISHED February 22, 2005

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.