Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 12/03/2012 - 17:49

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Has one in every ten women really been raped?

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 13/12/2010 - 17:44

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Charities can bend the truth, too

Statistics quoted by charities should always be checked.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 25/11/2010 - 15:09

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Misrepresenting rape yet again

“A woman is raped every ten minutes” says a press release from the Department of Health today.

Robert Whiston :: Tue, 14/09/2010 - 11:42

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Misleading claims on domestic violence in Australia

False statistics inundate our lives. They gush like a torrent from government ministries on to front pages the world over. Never, or rarely, is there enough time to check them all.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 25/05/2010 - 17:20

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Rapists in short trousers

Yesterday’s conviction of two boys, both aged ten, for the crime of attempted rape raises once more the knotty issue of rape statistics.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 15/03/2010 - 18:15

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Scaremongering over the rape conviction rate

Sharp words in today’s report on rape by Baroness Stern (pictured) over the constant bandying of the claim that only 6 per cent of reported rapes lead to convictions.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 17/02/2010 - 14:52

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Juries not to blame for rapists going free

“Contrary to popular belief and previous Government reports, juries actually convict more often than they acquit in rape cases” concludes Professor Cheryl Thomas of University Col

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 13/01/2010 - 13:35

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No decline in assault victims admitted to hospital

The latest data on hospital admissions for assault bring little comfort to the Home Office’s Tackling Knives Action Programme, launched in ten areas in June 2008.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 16/12/2009 - 09:31

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Getting Stern on rape

Baroness Stern, charged by Harriet Harman to conduct a review into the way rape cases are handled, told the Evening Standard that being drunk was no defence. For the man, that is: she seems to take a different view of drunken women.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 28/10/2009 - 10:12

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Exaggerating police failures

“Police ignore a third of violent crime” according to a headline in The Times. Happily, they don’t.