When discussing anything it’s important to start from reality. Only then can logic be used to untangle those skeins concerning what we might do:
The figures are stark: the latest Home Office data shows 52,210 rapes were recorded in England and Wales in 2020, but only 843 resulted in a charge by the end of the year, that’s fewer than 1 in 60 cases.
It is not true that 52,210 rapes were recorded in 2020 in England and Wales.
There were 52,210 allegations of rape made in England and Wales in 2020 which were then recorded by the police.
It is not true that every allegation of rape is, or was, a rape.
This error in the starting point leads to such as this:
and a special commission on juries to consider a range of things, including juror education.
These are urgent issues to be addressed, but the review’s answer can not be that rape is just a difficult crime to prosecute. In most rape cases, it is not a question of whether sexual intercourse occurred, but whether there was consent or not. This is what, the review claims, can lead to a focus on the victim and their “state of mind” during investigations and prosecutions.
Well, yes, given that the definition of the crime is what the possible victim’s state of mind was then the focus on defining the crime has to be on the possible victim’s state of mind was, doesn’t it?