Rape Crisis is reporting a rise in the number of enquiries it receives, with calls to its helpline now approaching nearly 4,000 a week.
The level of specialist support provided by the organisation to victims of rape and sexual violence has increased by 29% since 2015-16.
93% of those using their services are female.
These statistics mirror the known picture in England and Wales, where around 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped each year. These startling figures equate to a shocking 11 rapes every hour.
According to the research, An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales (released by the Ministry of Justice, the Office for National Statistics and the Home Office in 2013) around 90% of rape victims know the perpetrator of the offence prior to it occurring. Worryingly, only around 15% of those who experience rape and sexual violence actually report their experiences to the police.
We have a team of lawyers who are committed to helping rape victims seek justice. We offer free initial legal help to women and men who wish to pursue a compensation claim against the perpetrator or apply for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (the CICA).
Our lawyers will be happy to provide guidance on how a victim can report an incident of rape or sexual violence to the police. Reporting an incident is a key part of making a successful compensation claim.
CICA compensation for rape and sexual assault is available whether or not the police have arrested or charged the perpetrator, so victims should not be discouraged from applying if no arrest has been made.
A rape claim can pursued on a No Win -No Fee basis, so there is no need to worry about legal costs.
All enquiries are dealt with compassionately in the total confidence.
If you wish to make a rape claim you can call us on 0800 037 8020 or email us direct.