Sexual assault trials and conviction rates in the ACT have plummeted over the past five years according to figures from the recent ACT Policing annual report, this is despite an increase in reports to victim services and police.
There were 230 sexual offence trials in the ACT with a conviction rate of 59% in the five years leading to 2015, but in the following five years there were just 105 trials with a lower conviction rate of 55%.
This was despite 2667 reports of sexual offences to police during the period and an increase of almost 17,000 calls to Canberra Rape Crisis Centre in the last 9 years.
ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury has said the data reinforced what the government had heard from advocates and has promised work will start on reforms to offer better support to victim-survivors.
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