The figure for convictions of those charged with rape as the term is normally used is actually 58 per cent.Her point about how the use of misleading statistics like the supposed 6% conviction rate can harm victims is a good one and is probably not emphasised enough. All too often the overwhelming impression is that a lot noisiest commentators (who will no doubt be denouncing Baroness Stern in the Guardian later today) view it as an ideological tool to beat the patriarchy.
'There is concern that the six per cent figure can make victims feel it is not worth reporting.'
Lady Stern added: 'The conviction rate has taken over the debate to the detriment of other important outcomes for victims.
This matters because this ideology creates a barrier to actually dealing with the problem. See here for other examples of how ideologues don't have the interests of victims at heart.