Posted: Thu 5th Nov 2015

The number of child rape cases reported in North Wales soars by nearly 200% in 5 years

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 5th, 2015

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]The latest set of figures from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s Rape Monitoring Group has revealed North Wales police force region has the highest number of recorded child rapes, per 100,000 people across the 42 police force regions in England and Wales.

Between 2010/11 and 2014/15 the number of child rapes reported to North Wales Police has soared by nearly 200% however, many factors beyond the actual incidence of rape can have an effect on the recorded crime rates.

Increased publicity associated with high-profile sexual abuse cases, such as Operation Pallial the National Crime Agency led investigation into child sex abuse in the north Wales care system, has encouraged more survivors of sexual abuse to come forward to the police.

GRAPH: Reported child rape offences per 100,000 people recorded in 2014/15 

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Improved recording of crime by the police is also believed to have had an effect on recorded crime numbers.
Last year 2014/15 there were 190 child rape cases recorded in north Wales 46 more than the previous year and 126 more than in 2010/11.
The number of adult rapes reported to police in north Wales has increased by 23% in the last year to 239 from 194 the previous 12 months.[/text_output][text_output]GRAPH: Number of child rape offences recorded between 2010 and 2015 for North Wales

The figures show recorded child rape offences per 100,000 people in England and Wales combined versus north Wales.[/text_output][vc_line_chart type=”line” x_values=”2010/2011; 2011.2012; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15;” values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22England%20and%20Wales%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2256%3B%2054%3B%2058%3B%2072%3B%2092%3B%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22blue%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22North%20Wales%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2252%3B%2061%3B%2091%3B%20116%3B%20154%3B%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22pink%22%7D%5D” animation=”easeinOutQuint”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]The report published today shows how cases of rape are dealt with at all stages of the criminal justice process.

North Wales, Rape Monitoring Group – Adult and child rape data for 2014/15

Chair of the Rape Monitoring Group, Wendy Williams said:
“This data provides a starting point to allow people – from the public to police and crime commissioners – to scrutinise how rape is dealt with in their area, and ask important questions of the local criminal justice services.
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“It does however need to be treated carefully; the data is collected by different organisations, in different ways and for slightly different time periods. For instance, a high number of reported rapes in one of the 42 areas might indicate that victims are more willing to report rape, rather than a particularly high rate of rapes for instance.
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“Without data which allows direct comparisons, we can’t see what good or bad practice currently exists and it is not possible to track the progress of individual cases of rape through the criminal justice system. The Rape Monitoring Group regularly reviews these digests to try to enhance the quality and quantity of the information so that the right questions can be asked. In the meantime this data provides a platform for further discussion.”[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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