Seems that she\’s getting a bit of a bollocking this morning:
Persistent claims that only six per cent of rapes end in conviction was seen as a useful \”campaigning tool \” by some but was \”extremely unhelpful\”, warned Baroness Stern, the cross-bench peer who carried out a six month review in to tackling rape.
She said it has dominated the debate \”without explanation, analysis and context\” to the \”detriment of public understanding\” over the rape issues.
She said the figure, which compares the number of convictions against total reports to the police, is based on calculations not used for any other offence.
Once a rape case reaches the courts, almost 60 per cent of defendants are convicted – a rate higher than some other violent attacks.
The Government has constantly used the six per cent figure to argue rape has appalling prosecution rates and more action is needed.
Miss Harman referred to it when she launched the Stern Review in September.
The Equalities Minister has been the driving force behind the rape review and was at the centre of an alleged Cabinet rift last August amid claims she wanted to announce it then while standing in for Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister.
But Lady Stern today demanded the figure no longer be used.
Other findings in her wide-ranging report include:
:: as many as one in ten rape allegations could be false
Good….as among all the people who have succumbed to the policy based evidence making bug she\’s among the worst.