"Rape is a hugely traumatic experience but we want people to know help is always available and we'd urge people to come forward and report it.
"As well as our dedicated Rape Investigation Teams, we work with partners and our two Sexual Assault Referral Centres in Sunderland and Newcastle to provide the utmost support to victims.
"We also have a number of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors available – who provide a link between the victim and the police – from the initial call to the end of a court case.
"They can also help the victim link in with other agencies and welfare support.
"Our aim continues to be to give more victims the confidence to come forward and report they have been raped in the knowledge that their case will be fully investigated by a dedicated team of detectives."
More top news
A roundup of travel updates after heavy snowfall across the North East and North Yorkshire.
The community of Spennymoor is being urged to help rebuild a family home after it was destroyed by fire.
Flu and norovirus continue to affect hospitals in the North East, with today's situation the same as yesterday's