The Telegraph reports that:
Rape victims are eight times more likely to get justice in some police force areas than others in England and Wales, Home Office figures reveal.
North Yorkshire police force is the most successful with one in seven (14.2 per cent) rapes resulting in the sex attacker being charged, according to the data for 2018/19.
This isn’t how it works, no. Rape is an oddity as far as the existence of the crime itself is concerned. It isn’t, weirdly, something which happens or is done then we pursue it. Rather, whether or not a rape has occurred is an outcome of the legal system.
What is actually happening there with those numbers is that one in seven claims of a rape having occurred lead to someone being charged with being the sex attacker.
For the point is that having consensual sex isn’t a crime, it’s the non-consent bit which is and causes the crime. Largely, but not always, it is a claim about consent or not, something that needs to be tested. The claim itself is not enough.
Thus we cannot say that “x reported rapes” or “x claims of rape” are the same as “there were x rapes”. Because whether there was a rape or not is an outcome of the process we’re initiating.