Women's groups lose legal battle over UK's falling rape prosecutions as nation grapples with gender-based violence

런던 Campaigners have lost a challenge against the UK’s prosecution service over the dramatically falling rate of rape prosecutions, at a critical juncture for women’s rights in the country.

The UK Court of Appeal dismissed a case brought by women’s groups against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Monday over prosecution rates, which fell by 30% 중에서 2018 과 2020.
The UK is currently facing a reckoning on gender-based violence in the wake of the murder of 33-살인 사라 에버 라드 이번달 초, and anger over the way that London police broke up a vigil for Everard on Saturday.
    The case heard on Monday was originally brought before the UK High Court by the Centre for Women’s Justice and End Violence Against Women (EVAW) in early 2020. In a judgment delivered online, three of the UK’s senior judges concluded thatthe summary of evidence deployed by the Director of Public Prosecutions undermines the grounds advanced by the claimant,” and scrapped the case.
      The campaigners alleged that there had been acovertpolicy change in the way the CPS prosecuted rape cases, which led to the fall in the number of prosecutions.
        Prosecution rates dropped by 30% 중에서 2019-2020 compared with the previous year, according to CPS data. 이상 55,000 rapes were recorded in 2019-2020 하지만 만 1.4% resulted in a charge or summons, the CPS data said.
        Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC said thatrape in particular is an abhorrent crime and one of the most complex to prosecute,” and that the legal test that guides every decision to prosecute those caseshas not changed.
          Independent inspectors have found no evidence of a risk-averse approach and have reported a clear improvement in the quality of our legal decision-making in rape case,” Hill said.
          Part of EVAW’s evidence included a dossier of more than 20 recent cases that had been dropped by prosecutors for reasons they felt were unjust.
          Bonny Turner, one of the women whose case was included in the dossier of evidence, CNN에 말했다: “마음이 아프다. I feel as though the criminal justice system has been corrupted. I feel really gaslit by the whole situationIt’s abusive by the government, the state and the justice system.
          They are giving the green light to men to rape, sexually assault with impunity,” Turner said, then referencing the government’s response to the outpouring of concern over the Everard case as an example.
          I don’t think there is any doubt to give them [the authorities] the benefit of. Especially in light of [그만큼] kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, when girls and women for eons have been saying we’ve not been listened to, when we’ve said how bad the situation is of male violence towards women and girls.
          토요일에, Metropolitan Police officers forcibly removed women from a vigil for Everard and all women affected by and lost to violence. Attendees were dropped face down to the floor by officers, prompting a national outcry, the Mayor of London ordering an independent investigation of the events, and calls for the police commissioner to resign.
          The dismissal of EVAW’s case also comes as the government says that it has been undertaking anend-to-endreview of the criminal justice systems, which includes changes to the sentencing of serious and violent offenders, according to Home Office minister Victoria Atkins.
          According to Atkins, 그만큼 Domestic Abuse Bill, which is currently making its way through parliament, 이다 “a landmark piece of legislationthat will start aconversation about abusive behavior and what we can do to support victims, but also to tackle perpetrators.Atkins said on Sunday that the government is also investingunprecedented amounts of moneyinto perpetrator programs.
          성명서, EVAW 말했다 they were disappointed in thenarrow offerbeing made in the bill, 인용 “lack of commitment to guaranteed protection and advocacy for women despite the drive to increase reports to police.
            Speaking on the outcome of Monday’s decision, EVAW director Andrea Simon said the group wasdeeply disappointed.
            The Court of Appeal has given the CPS the benefit of the doubt, but we still lack alternative answers to why rape prosecutions have collapsed. This marks another establishment betrayal of victims of violence against women and girls,” Simon said.

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