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Margot Parker MEP - horrified to read that less than one in every 40 rapes reported to Northamptonshire Police ended up with a suspect being charged

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 29 October 2018

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I was horrified to read that less than one in every 40 rapes reported to Northamptonshire Police ended up with a suspect being charged.

These figures from the charity Rape Crisis are disturbing and action must be taken by the authorities as it appears clear the system is letting victims down.

The county has seen record numbers of people who are brave enough to come forward and report these appalling crimes and tragically, they are then failed by the authorities.

I agree with Rape Crisis that a root and branch overhaul of the system is needed, with dedicated funding for sexual violence services at the top of that review.

These figures cause grave concerns and worryingly could lead to victims not reporting the crimes in the first place. They need to feel safe and have the security of knowing their case will be dealt with in the right way.

 

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