Agence France-PresseApril 17, 2014 08:50
Rape victims in Germany are finding it increasingly difficult to see their assailants convicted, a national study released Thursday showed.
Twenty years ago, the percentage of reported sexual violence cases leading to a guilty verdict and sentencing was at about one in five.
But by 2012, the ratio had tumbled to one in 12, according to the study conducted by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN).
"These findings are problematic for a state built upon the rule of law," the authors of the study said in a statement.