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Slough MP: Rape victims 'wait 20 months' for counselling

Rape victims have had to wait up to 20 months for specialist counselling, an MP has claimed.

Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart said she was told about the delays by women she had met in her Slough constituency.

She asked Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Monday when the government planned to "improve the care of victims".

Ms Rudd said the government was investing £80m in its Violence Against Women and Girls strategy.

'Treated well'

"We recognise, absolutely, the need for funding to support people," she told the House of Commons.

"Reporting of crime, particularly for rape, is something we encourage because we want people to have the confidence to know they can be treated well."

Ms Mactaggart said there were twice as many reports of rape than four years ago.

She said: "The proportion of those reports which lead to successful prosecutions has gone down."

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