Few Rape Convictions In West Australia

Only one percent of all alleged sexual asaults committed in West Australia result in a conviction according to a study by a parliamentary committee. The committee was investigating decisions by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to proceed with charges of asault or sexual offences during the past five years. There was considerable evidence of lack of adequate training for pollice who hndled interviewing rape victims which resulted in much evidence not being admissable in a court of law. There was also considerable lack of communication between various agencies. Many victims lacked trust in the judicial system and refused to pursue the initial claim of being raped.

A one percent conviction rate suggests considerable need for reviewing the entire process and organization in West Australia of rape investigations.