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Rise in UK convictions for rape

The Crown Prosecution Service says the number of successful convictions of defendants charged with rape has continued to rise.

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Victims of rape often 'reluctant to come forward'

Government figures show that only a fraction of the thousands of men and women who are victims of sexual crimes each year report what has happened to police.

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence are at an all-time high Credit: Press Association

Around 473,000 women and men are sexually assaulted each year, with one in 20 women reported as being a victim of a serious sexual offence.

But only 54,000 sexual offences are recorded by police on average each 12 months, which it has been claimed is partly because victims are reluctant to come forward.

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