Thursday, June 11, 2009

65 convictions out of 1500 rape reports

More than 1500 police reports over alleged rapes in Lothian and Borders were sent to the procurator fiscal over the last nine years, but only 65 accused were jailed during that period.

New figures have revealed that 170 reports of rape were submitted between April 2007 and March 2008, but only 17 cases made it to court. Of these cases, only five were proved with the defendant sent to prison on each occasion.

A Crown Office spokeswoman said that research had shown that as many as a third of cases reported to the procurator fiscal may not be prosecuted because there is no corroboration of evidence.

A police spokesman said: "We ensure a robust investigation process is adopted whilst also ensuring the welfare of the victim. On securing evidence sufficient to libel a charge, a report is submitted to the procurator fiscal."


This is the first of 3 articles on this issue.

This short article is long on what it doesn’t say. Using the percentages that were released recently in the Daphne II study, commissioned by the European Parliament, between 8 and 9 percent of rape reports were false.

That means that somewhere between 120-135 of the reported rapes were blatantly false. If as many as a third (500) of all cases reported couldn’t be prosecuted because of no corroborating evidence, then it could be presumed that at least a portion -- perhaps a sizeable portion -- of those were due to false accusations. And how many others were not prosecuted because of a recantation, or evidence proving the innocence of the accused came to light?

That leaves roughly 800 cases (accounting for those jailed) for which there is no information in this article. Doubtful we will ever know, as there is no author to the article, and no way to leave comments or make requests.

The one point that must be stressed: it is dishonest, and unjust, to suggest that 91 or 92 percent of all rape claims constituted "actual" rapes -- which is the assumption feminists want us to make. For an analysis debunking this assumption, see here.