According to official figures just 6% of rape complaints to police led to a conviction with a further 6% leading to related convictions. However, of those allegations that do reach court, 60% end up with a conviction.
Doctors and police are both of the opinion that the services available to rape victims could be dramatically improved as sex offence examiners are linked to police forces and play an essential role in collecting and passing along evidence for court cases.
The British Medical Association has warned that there are currently too many police forces who do not have or do not use properly trained medics.
The warning has come after a review by crossbench peer Baroness Stern who has recommended an overhaul in the care and support given to victims.
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