Labour raps ‘shameful’ time delay for rape case victims
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