Society is reluctant to convict younger males of “date rape” and a serious evaluation of the jury system is required, a Labour MP has mentioned. 

Ann Coffey mentioned that rape myths together with “girls invite rape by what they put on” or “actual rapes are carried out by strangers in alleyways” had been dominant in society and juries had been taking these views in to courtroom. 

She mentioned that an pressing impartial inquiry was wanted into the usage of juries in rape circumstances within the UK in a bid to “forge a greater public understanding of rape myths”.

Ms Coffey mentioned the inquiry ought to think about judge-alone trial choices, jury vetting, specialist rape courts and a evaluation of the principles across the disclosure of a complainant’s sexual historical past and cell phone knowledge.

“Ministers must take robust motion, together with I consider a elementary evaluation of the entire system,” she mentioned.

Ms Coffey’s reasoning was that a lack of awareness about consent in date or acquaintance rape circumstances was resulting in falling conviction charges.

“The results of that is that victims will cease coming ahead and justice within the prison justice system will probably be denied to younger girls,” she mentioned in a Home of Commons movement on Wednesday.

“The hazard is we will probably be thrown again to the darkish days, the place victims of abuse had been silenced and dared not converse out.”

Ms Coffey’s movement got here after she made a request for statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service concerning rape circumstances.

She mentioned the variety of males charged with rape in England and Wales had fallen to its lowest degree in a decade, however police studies had risen in recent times.

Lower than a 3rd (32 per cent) of prosecutions introduced in opposition to males aged 18 to 24 in England and Wales resulted in a conviction in 2017/18, the figures confirmed.

By comparability, profitable prosecutions in opposition to males aged 25 to 59 had been considerably increased at 46 per cent.

Ms Coffey famous the German and French courtroom methods had a collaborative mannequin for rape circumstances, with judges deciding circumstances with residents.

Businesses contributed to this report 

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