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Only 1 in 30 UK rape victims gets justice

Only one rape victim in 30 can expect to see her or his attacker brought to justice in the UK, shocking new statistics have revealed.

world Updated: Jan 12, 2013 01:34 IST

Only one rape victim in 30 can expect to see her or his attacker brought to justice in the UK, shocking new statistics have revealed.

According to the new research by the ministry of justice, the home office and the office for national statistics, only 1,070 rapists are convicted every year, despite up to 95,000 people suffering the trauma of rape.

The figures have reignited controversy over the stubbornly low rates of conviction for sex crimes, as well as the difficulties in persuading victims to go to police in the first place, the Independent reports.

Although 90% of rape victims said they knew the identity of their attacker, just 15% went to the police.

According to the report, between 60,000 and 95,000 people are estimated to be raped each year in the UK.