Figures obtained show the number of rape cases being reported to the police in Wales is on the rise, with three forces saying the numbers more than doubled in three years. Despite this, many alleged victims say they have chosen not to report for fear of not being believed.
- Number of rape offences reported to police:
2016/17 – 280
2014/15 – 107
2013/14 – 121
2017 – 283
2014 – 114
2017 – 779
2014 – 401
2017 – 1004
2014 – 465
Whilst police forces in the UK are routinely required to provide these statistics, the way in which they’re recorded are not necessarily the same between each force.
Two years ago, ‘Anna’ (not her real name) says her drink was spiked on a night out with friends in Aberystwyth. Her memory of what happened next was a blur.
Anna says she was raped that night, but she decided not to report it:
Dyfed-Powys Police say it is “never too late” to report a sexual assault.
Nazir Afzal is an expert in the legal areas of violence against women and sexual exploitation. He has worked on high profile cases and is now an advisor to the Welsh Government.
But it’s not just an issue for the courts, Assembly Member Leanne Wood says sexual assault is an “endemic” problem.
She has helped launch a network with organisations across Wales to tackle sexual harassment and assault.
Despite her experiences, Anna says she’s feeling positive about the future.
To report a sexual assault call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency).
The NHS Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre freephone helpline is: 0808 802 9999. It is open 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year, providing support for female survivors, partners, family and friends.
The Mankind organisation offers support for men who have been sexually abused. Their helpline is: 01273 911680.