‘Just tell someone’ – police’s message to sexual abuse victims

PUBLISHED: 13:58 09 February 2017

It is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence awareness week.

It is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence awareness week.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary is encouraging people to talk about sexual abuse – after it revealed it fields three allegations of rape every single day.

The force is urging people to open up to support services if they do not want to speak to police as part of Sexual Abuse And Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Only about 15 per cent of people who experience sexual violence report it to the police, but 87 per cent of those who do are women, with 15 per cent of female victims aged 16 or under. But, the force has seen a 38 per cent increase in male victims since 2014, with 21 per cent of male victims aged 16 or younger.

Superintendent Marie Wright said: “In many cases rape and sexual assault is committed by someone the victim knows, which makes it very hard to talk about.

“We understand victims might not want to talk to us but we urge anyone who has been a victim to tell someone.”

For more information visit www.thisisnotanexcuse.org

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