According to the ONS statistics, 22,116 rapes among around 68,000 sexual offences were reported to police in the year up until June. Also, there is a 48% increase in knife-point rapes, rising from 199 to 294.
The Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker has insisted the rising figures are the evidence that the victims becoming more willing to come forward and report attacks – dubbed the “Yewtree effect” after the Scotland Yard investigation into Jimmy Savile and others – as well as an improvement in police recording practices.
“Women’s support services line Rape Crisis have certainly been seeing an even larger increase in calls to their helplines from women abused in the past and now seeking support.
“However, these statistics also show that we have enormous prevalence of rape in Britain and we still have a very long way to go to change the harmful attitudes and behaviours that underpin men’s violence towards women and girls.”
It is also reported that despite a remarkable increase in recorded rape reports, the overall recorded number of crimes had fallen by 16% as only 7.1 million incidents of crime against households and adults in England and Wales in the year up to June 2014 in comparison to 8.4 million incidents in the previous year.
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