Sorry to go over yesterday’s news, but I do find this latest story about cautions issued for rape rather problematic. I’m sorry to state the bleeding obvious, but you cannot detect a trend from just two statistics, especially when they are such small figures. In the grand scheme of things 40 cautions across the whole of England and Wales is a pretty small number. For all we know in 1995 there may have been 60 cautions while there may have been a notable drop between 1996 and 2003.
None of this is to say that rape isn’t serious, but on this issue more than anything else we need to have calm heads. I fail to see how sensationalist stories like this help anything or anyone.