Rape Crisis responds to rise in number of sexual offences reported to police

22 Jan 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures today (22nd January 2015) showing that the numbers of rapes (24,043) and other sexual offences (48,934) recorded by the police in the year ending September 2014 were the highest since 2002/03.

Rape Crisis England & Wales spokeswoman Katie Russell said:

“If, as the ONS suggests, today’s figures reflect not just an increase in the number of sexual violence survivors choosing to come forward but also an improvement in police recording of sexual offences, Rape Crisis welcomes them.

Rape and other sexual offences have long been under-reported, with the Government estimating that only 15% of those who experience these horrific crimes choose to go to the police.

Through our frontline work at Rape Crisis, we know that among the many reasons for survivors’ reluctance to report is fear, including fear of not being believed and fear of not being well treated by the criminal justice system.

We hope the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and others will continue to strive for positive change to enable the kind of cultural shift necessary for sexual violence survivors to receive the criminal justice they want and deserve.

At the same time, let’s not forget every sexual violence survivor’s right to social justice, in the form of access to specialist, independent support services, regardless of whether or not she or he chooses to report to the police.”