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Britain's rape conviction rate to be improved
Currently less than six percent of all reported rapes result in a conviction, and while one in 20 women say they have experienced rape, just 15 percent have reported incidents to police.
"Rape is one of the most serious and devastating crimes. We know that it remains under-reported and we are determined to improve this and increase conviction rates," Home Office minister Vernon Coaker will tell a police conference.
The government has been working to provide specially trained police officers, teams of experts and prosecutors across the country, said Coaker. The focus now was on ensuring that the same procedures were followed by every force.
"Every force has a responsibility to ensure that every single officer who comes into contact with a rape victim is supportive and believes the victim," he said.
The pledge comes days after equality group the Fawcett Society obtained figures which showed that there was a "postcode lottery" for rape victims.
It found that in some areas women who reported a rape were almost five times less likely to achieve a conviction than in others, with conviction rates dropping dramatically in some parts of the country.
"It is a national scandal that thousands of victims have no access to justice and receive unreliable and ineffectual responses when reporting rape," said Katherine Rake, the society's Director.
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