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Child rape attacks up 37% police data shows

The total number of adult and child rapes has increased over the last five years, data released by police has shown. Recorded adult attacks rose 38% from 9,383 in 2009/10, while child rape was up 37% from 5,674.

These figures are extremely disturbing and a shocking indictment of the widening justice gap created by this Government.

Over the last four years, there has been a dire trend in recorded incidents of rape going up, but prosecutions and convictions going down. This report is the latest evidence of this appalling state of affairs.

Rape and the sexual abuse of a child - are some of the most abhorrent and heinous crimes. And victims deserve justice.

– Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "T

HMIC pubished the data on behalf of the Rape Monitoring Group (RMG), which has provided a regional breakdown of rape statistics for all forces excluding the City of London Police.

Police: Less than 1 in 3 recorded child rapes end in charge

Police: Less than 1 in 3 recorded child rapes end in charge. Credit: PA

Data released by police has revealed that fewer than one in three recorded child rapes results in a charge or summons. A total of 7,775 child rapes were recorded in 2013/14, of which 2,306 or 30% led to a charge or summons, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said.

Out of 12,952 adult rapes recorded in the same period, 2,186 or 20% led to charge or summons. The total number of adult and child rapes has also increased over the last five years.


Teenager gang raped in woods

A teenager was raped by a gang of men after being lured to a secluded nature spot, police said.

The 17-year-old had met the group earlier in the day and walked with one of them into a woods near the Jubilee River in Slough, according to Thames Valley Police.

Four other men who were part of the earlier group then arrived at the location in a small silver car. They are described as Asian.

The girl was then raped by "several of the men," police said.

Det Insp Nicola Hurdley said: "We are still speaking with the girl at this time to get a full picture of what has happened, but what we do know is that while she was in this wooded area she has been raped by several of the men."

Yvette Cooper: Labour 'would boost victims' rights'

Rape cases that are dropped by the police would be reviewed under Labour plans to boost the rights of victims, Yvette Cooper will say.

The shadow home secretary will pledge to give victims a "strong voice" and warn the low rate of allegations being pursued is "shameful".

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper Credit: PA

In a speech to the Fabian Society, she will insist Labour is focusing on reforms that give more power to individuals and communities but stand ready to make tough decisions about making savings.

"Just as in the criminal justice system, across our public services, ministers are driving fragmentation, reorganisation and competition just at a time when local services need to collaborate more to deliver better services and save money too", she is expected to say.

Indian state minister: Rape is 'sometimes right'

An Indian state minister has said that rape is a "social crime" and "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong".

Protests have continued against the recent rape and hanging of two girls in India. Credit: REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

"Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen," Babulal Gaur also told reporters.

The comments come after two cousins, aged 12 and 14, were raped and hanged in northern India last week.

Police forces and the government have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story, as well as not doing enough to help rape victims in the country.

Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as prime minister last week after a landslide election victory, has so far remained silent over the issue.

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