Every six minutes someone is raped in Britain with 13 per cent of recorded rape victims being male. In 2012 1,209 people came to St Mary's saying they'd experienced sexual violence. Through police investigations and the subsequent trials, the staff of St Mary's support the victims of this prevalent crime.
In 2012 Greater Manchester Police started a dedicated Serious Sexual Offences Unit, bringing together over 70 detectives to investigate rape cases. The decision as to whether a rape case gets to court is made by the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service reviewed nearly 7,000 rape cases; less than half went to trial. Thirty-eight per cent of rape trials end with a not guilty verdict and only 3 per cent of rape reports are later classified as malicious.