Sandy Brindley: It Will Not Mean A Flood Of Cases (18/11/11)

November 30, 2011

Source: The Scotsman
Figures from the Crown Office suggest that only around a fifth of rapes reported to the police ever make it as far as court. What does it mean when a legal system is only able to respond to such a small proportion of what is generally recognised as one of the most serious and devastating crimes? The requirement for corroboration in Scotland has a particular impact on sexual offences. Due to the nature of the crime, there are often few witnesses, meaning that, with the exception of rapes involving significant levels of violence, corroboration can be particularly difficult to find.
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