12:47, October 22 53 0 theguardian.com

2020-10-22 12:47:03
Rape prosecutions and convictions dropped by half early in UK pandemic

Prosecutions for crimes against women and girls in England and Wales plummeted in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting a backlog in the court system exacerbated by the UK-wide shutdown and subsequent social distancing measures.

Rape prosecutions more than halved, falling to 218 in the three months to June this year compared with 480 in the previous quarter, according to violence against women and girls (VAWG) figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). There were 174 convictions for rape, down from 341 in the previous quarter.