Labour raps ‘shame­ful’ time de­lay for rape case vic­tims

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Watts The Goss - EX­CLU­SIVE BY KEIR MUDIE

RAPE vic­tims are wait­ing longer than ever for jus­tice, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

The “shame­ful” rev­e­la­tion re­lates to a rise of more than 140% in the time taken to charge rape sus­pects.

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice, in an an­swer to a ques­tion from Labour MP Glo­ria De Piero, ad­mit­ted the av­er­age num­ber of days un­til a charge is laid is up from 32 in 2010/2011 to 78 days in 2017/2018. Shami Chakrabart­i, Shadow At­tor­ney Gen­eral, said: “Our crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is buck­ling un­der aus­ter­ity – and yet again rape sur­vivors are pay­ing the price.

“This in­crease, be­tween sub­mis­sion of a case to the CPS and the de­ci­sion to charge, is an­other ex­am­ple of a sys­tem let­ting down vic­tims of a vi­o­lent crime.

“Treat­ment of rape com­plainants is shame­fully inad­e­quate.

We must do bet­ter.”

QUES­TION MP Glo­ria De Piero

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