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CPS VAWG report reveals a continuing decline in criminal justice outcomes for victims and survivors

12 Sep 2019

The CPS have published their 2018-19 VAWG report this morning (12th September 2019).

Rape Crisis England & Wales said:

“For the second year in a row, the official Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) data released today reveals a continuing and deeply troubling decline in criminal justice outcomes for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and all forms of sexual violence.

Because the Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) across our specialist Rape Crisis network have continued to witness this decline first-hand, today’s figures do not come as a surprise to us. The figures do however reinforce our conviction that a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system in relation to sexual violence and abuse, which we have called for -for many years-, is more essential and urgent than ever.

Given the criminal justice system is currently failing such a significant number of people who have already been subjected to serious, traumatic crimes, we insist the Government maintains its commitment to the end-to-end review it’s begun, despite any other priorities it might have. Victims and survivors need and deserve better.”