Reports of rape almost never lead to a conviction for the perpetrator.

Reports of rape almost never lead to a conviction for the perpetrator.

In the wake of the #MeToo cases in the sports and television world, the newspaper investigated what happened from the time a sex offense was reported to a possible conviction of the perpetrator.

In 2021, 2168 rapes and 2144 attacks were reported. Of these, only 195 were convicted of rape and 234 of sexual assault.

Victims would have to wait an average of two years for their case. They are also insufficiently informed about the progress of their files.

The reason for the problem may be due to the significant shortcomings experienced by the auxiliary officers and the prosecutor’s office. Also, the training needed to handle sexual abuse cases as a judge or detective is not long enough, and “the position of sexual victims in criminal cases is traditionally weak”.

In the NRC, the lawyers of victims condemn the actions of the public prosecutor and the police. Organizations, among others, do little or no sloppy research and wait too long before collecting evidence.

bar too high

Moreover, according to lawyers, the burden of proof is too high. The victim must collect this evidence. It is often “his word against his word”. Often the evidence presented is not sufficient for prosecution.

Source: RTL

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