Child rape cases up by 98 per cent in five years

Bicester Advertiser: Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre service manager Natalie Brook Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre service manager Natalie Brook

The number of reported child rapes has jumped 98 per cent across the Thames Valley in five years, figures yesterday revealed.

New Government figures published show the number of child rape offences recorded rose from 144 in 2009 to 226 in 2013.

They also showed adult rapes reached a five-year high in 2010, with 369 attacks reported, before they dropped to 286 last year.

Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre service manager Natalie Brook said: “Supporting survivors of sexual violence here in Oxfordshire, we know that these statistics show only part of the picture. The majority of those who experience sexual violence – over 80 per cent – never report to the police.”

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