Out of a sample of 100 rape cases, only one ended with the rapist serving time in prison, according to an analysis carried out for the EU Commission. The study was carried out in Belgium by crime analyst and psychologist Dr. Danièle Zucker, who reports on her evidence in today’s La Dernière Heure. Last week thousands took part in a march against sexual violence (photo) after the death of 23-year-old Julie Van Espen, whose alleged rapist and killer was out of prison awaiting an appeal against a rape conviction.
From the hundred cases, half of the total involved a rape in which no perpetrator was able to be identified. This goes somewhat against the conventional wisdom which suggests most rapes take place among acquaintances rather than in attacks by strangers. In the remainder of cases, only four perpetrators made it to a court judgement, and of those, three were given suspended sentences. In the end, the sum total of those who set foot inside a prison as a result of having raped was one in one hundred, Dr. Zucker concludes.
The Brussels Times