NOTE: This content is old - Published: Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016.
Allegations of rape recorded by North Wales police have risen by 136% in the past five years, new figures released today show.
Figures also show only 1 in 20 recorded rape offences in north Wales last year led to a conviction.
Of the 516 rape offences recorded in the year to March 2016, 49 people were charged with a rape offence of which 26 were convicted.
In the same period, north Wales had the second highest level of alleged child rapes recorded (per 100,000 child population) across Wales and England with 202, an increase of 166% in five years.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Number of child rapes in north Wales recorded per 100,000 child population for the financial year 2015/16: a comparison of local areas in England and Wales.
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Figures from across the 42 local police area’s in England and Wales show 35,798 alleged rape offences were logged last year (to the end of March 2016) – a 124% increase, compared to the 16,012 in the 12 months ending in December 2012.
The reported increase in the number rapes allegations recorded in England and Wales over the last five years is set against the back drop of large spikes in reports of sexual abuse following high-profile investigations including Operation Yewtree, which was launched in 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal and Operation Pallial the investigation into alleged child abuse in north Wales care system.
The figures published by the Rape Monitoring Group, a national multi agency group coordinated by HMIC, pull together a range of Home Office/Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice data on rape.[miptheme_quote author=”HMI Wendy Williams, Chair of the Rape Monitoring Group” style=”boxquote text-left”]This is the fourth year the RMG has released data on rape. The intention for the release of these digests is to encourage a more thorough analysis of how rape is dealt with throughout the criminal justice process. We know that the data can only provide one part of the performance picture on rape; numbers alone cannot tell the full story and we have worked hard to provide context and understanding. We urge those involved in preventing and supporting victims of rape to read the digest for their local area, to prompt discussions about what needs to improve.[/miptheme_quote]
The increase in figures seen over the past few years may not indicate an increase in rape offences but show improvements in how the police record crimes, victim confidence in reporting rape and an overall increased understanding in the offences.
The Rape Monitoring Group say there are many multiple reasons why a reported rape does not continue to conviction however they stress that while conviction figures are extremely important, they may provide an incomplete picture of how effectively rape is being tackled locally.
Read the full report here[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Police recorded rape in North Wales” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]These refer to all crimes of rape recorded by the police that must be notified to the Home Office, in each financial year[/vc_column_text][vc_line_chart type=”line” style=”modern” x_values=”2011/12; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16″ values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Recorded%20Rape%20Adult%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%22138%3B%20171%3B%20194%3B%20239%3B%20314%3B%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22black%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22Recorded%20Rape%20Child%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2276%3B%20113%3B%20144%3B%20190%3B%20202%3B%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22blue%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22Number%20of%20convictions%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2229%3B%2037%3B%2038%3B%2047%3B%2026%3B%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22juicy-pink%22%7D%5D”][/vc_column][/vc_row]