From 1 April, 2011 to 31 March, 2016, reported rapes in London clubs, bars, and nightclubs saw a huge spike.
How much so? 136% percent. This according to a report published by Broadly. Although the Metropolitan Police describe the number as the slightly lower 119%, it nevertheless is alarming. In 2016 alone, there have been 52 cases filed in London, which is double that over the same period 5 years ago. Also, in terms of actions described as “Sexual offences” the number stands at 358 between 2015-1016.
On the flip side, arrests for rape have only risen 90% (with 32% ultimately being charged 1 year after the incident in question, yielding conviction rates around 5.7%), while that number drops to 61% for sexual offences. So, long story short, very few offenders will ever see the inside of a courthouse LET ALONE prison.
There is a lot that is disturbing about the information presented here, especially given the prevalence of misogynistic ideology throughput nightlife, London or elsewhere. These incidents tend to be well documented, yet continue to produce virtually no results. Not to mention, we stress here how the vocabulary used included “reported,” which surely means nearly double that amount stay quiet, for whatever reason.
Whatever it is, something has to change.