SEX CRIMES SOAR; Rapes Rise by 25% Assaults Rocket 37%

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SEX CRIMES SOAR; Rapes Rise by 25% Assaults Rocket 37%


Byline: Paul O'Hare

THE number of sex crimes recorded in the west of Scotland soared last year.

Strathclyde Police confirmed 450 rapes were reported in 2011/12 - 25 per more than in the previous 12 months. And the number of indecent/sexual assaults rocketed by 37.5 per cent to 1192.

Rape Crisis Scotland yesterday described the figures as "alarming".

But police and prosecutors said new legislation, which changes the way sex crimes are reported, was a key factor in the increases. Sandy Brindley, of Rape Crisis Scotland, said: "I think the picture is definitely complicated because of the new legislation, which broadened the definition of rape.

"It is hard to tell, definitively, how much of the increase is because more sexual attacks are happening and how much is down to a change in what is defined as rape."

The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 took effect in December, 2010. It widened the definition of rape, making it no longer genderspecific, and replaced common law crimes with new statutory offences. But Brindley said: "I still think the level of increase is alarming. Even leaving aside rape, sexual assaults are up 37.5 per cent. …

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