47,000. The estimated number of rapes each year in the UK
191. The number of convictions for rape each year in the UK
Countless: the injustices against women in the criminal justice system.
Lindsay Armstrong was 16 when she gave evidence of being raped the previous year, three weeks later, she was found dead in her room having committed suicide.
When a woman is raped she faces the critical decision of whether or not to report the crime to the police. And whilst it may be him who committed the crime, it will most likely be her who is put on trial at court. That is, of course, if the case even gets that far given that the majority of cases are dropped before they even reach that stage. (more…)