The number of rapes recorded by police has doubled in the past five years while the percentage of allegations resulting in conviction has fallen, official figures indicate.
For it’s an indication that the earlier system just wasn’t as bad as was made out.
No one at all thinks that the number of rapes is rising. but we’re seeing a rise in the number reported. And that falling conviction rate means that the “quality” (to mean here, likelihood of successful prosecution) or those extra cases being reported is lower than those reported previously.
No, it doesn’t mean at all that the previous system was absolutely correct at the margin. That all cases which could be prosecuted were both reported and then brought to a successful conclusion. But it does mean that the system was closer to that position than many used to claim. The falling conviction rate as against the greater reporting really does mean that the newer cases are more marginal.