Police and CPS have been ordered to work together to ensure that victims of rape receive justice.
Police and Crown lawyers have been chastised for blaming each other for low rape prosecution rates.
Survivors will continue to be denied justice unless they stop accusing each other over the scandal, according to today’s scathing report.
It goes on to say that both the police and the Crown Prosecution Service require a fundamental culture shift as soon as possible.
Last year, 52,210 rapes were reported in England and Wales. However, only 843 of these resulted in a charge or summons, representing a 1.6 percent success rate.
Surprisingly, the report by two official watchdogs revealed that police and prosecutors are still not cooperating to prosecute rapists.
“It is not news to anyone that rape victims are too often denied justice,” said Wendy Williams and Anthony Rogers of the police and CPS inspectorates.
“Many initiatives and evaluations are in place to enhance this, but their success will be contingent on police and the CPS taking equal ownership of the challenges and solutions.
“We found some great cases, as well as evidence of cops and prosecutors blaming each other for low prosecution rates and citing different facts to back up their claims.
“Successful cases require collaboration.
“They need to stop pointing fingers and start cooperating to guarantee that victims get greater help and justice is served.”
Many survivors complained of a lack of empathy and inadequate communication, while women withdrew from the process due to delays and a focus on their “credibility.”
“This cycle must be broken once and for all,” the inspectorates added.