Reports of sex crimes and domestic abuse are rocketing

The figures formed part of the service’s 10th report on violence against women and girls [Image: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP].

It is encouraging that more victims are coming forward in search of justice.

It seems likely that this is because of media coverage of high-profile sex crime investigations, such as those involving former prime minister Edward Heath and the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith.

Perhaps people are starting to believe that privilege no longer puts a person above suspicion.

It would be nice to believe that is true.

But the success rates for such prosecutions remain disappointingly low. Investigators need to buck up their ideas and methods, to make sure they present the best possible case.

It’s progress – but much more needs to be done.

Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for one in five cases pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been revealed.

They made up nearly 20% of the organisation’s caseload in 2016-17, compared with less than a tenth a decade ago after a huge surge in the categories, new figures show.

The rise tallies with a sharp jump in reports of sexual abuse to police seen in recent years in the wake of high-profile investigations launched after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Source: Fifth of CPS cases are alleged sex crimes or domestic abuse | UK news | The Guardian

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