Rape victims at the heart of a landmark court case have told the Guardian they have been failed by the Crown Prosecution Service, ahead of a legal challenge to how the crime is charged and prosecuted. The case, which begins in the court of appeal on Tuesday, comes amid growing concerns about the treatment of serious sexual crimes in England and Wales. Rape prosecutions have dropped every year since 2016-17 and are now at an annual record low. “What is happening can’t be allowed to continue and the CPS shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it,” said Olivia*, a gay woman whose case against a man she accuses of violently raping her was dropped. “To be treated the way I’ve been treated and to know that other people have been treated the same way, to not be able to get justice, is absolutely appalling.” The judicial review mounted against the CPS by the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition, will hear that a change in approach led to a more cautious approach and a subsequent collapse in rape prosecutions. The Guardian reported in 2018 that CPS prosecutors were urged in training sessions in… Read full this story
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