Sex assault victims site launched

A new website is launched today that gives victims of sexual assault a step-by-step guide to how they can get support from the police.

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Site offers step-by-step guide for sex assault victims

The site offers help and advice to victims of sex assault

The site has been created as a step-by-step guide for anyone who has, or knows someone who has, been raped or sexually assaulted.

The site was produced following engagement with a number of charities and organisations who work closely with victims.

The Metropolitian Police Service have introduced this in response to the fact that these sort of crimes are under-reported.

The site is specific to London (in terms of the contact details for refuges for example) but as it's online it will be available nationally.

Visit Mydecision.co.uk for more information.

CPS: Nine in ten sex attacks go unreported

  • Nine out of 10 rapes and sexual assaults go unreported due to a lack of confidence in the criminal system, the Crown Prosecution Service have said.
  • It is estimated that of the people who have experienced rape, only one in five will go to the police and around 40% will choose not to report it.
  • In 2011/12 the police recorded 14,767 rapes of women and 1,274 of men (Office of National Statistics July 2012).
  • The number of recorded rates had risen by 1% in women but dropped 2% in men. (Office of National Statistics July 2012).
  • Around 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 women are raped each year (British Crime Survey, 2011).
  • Nearly a quarter of young adults between 18-24 (24.1%) experienced sexual abuse (including contact and non-contact), by an adult or by a peer during childhood (NSPCC, 2011).

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Website launched to help victims of sexual assault

A new website is being launched today that gives victims of sexual assault a step-by-step guide to how they can get support from the police.

Some women fail to report abuse because they lack confidence in the system Credit: PA Wire

The site comes in response to figures that nine out of 10 rapes and sexual assaults go unreported due to a lack of confidence in the criminal system.

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