Rape allegations in Wales more than doubles

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Campaigners said the increase in rape reports could mean the shame around the crime was declining

The number of rape allegations in Wales has more than doubled in the last five years, new figures show.

Last year 1,657 allegations were recorded by police, of these 670 were child victims under the age of 16.

The total is more than double the 785 allegations recorded in 2011-12, according to Rape Monitoring Group data.

South Wales Police logged the largest number of allegations, while Dyfed Powys recorded the least.

The data is drawn from official figures by the Home Office, Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice.

End Violence Against Women Coalition said the figures showed rape was not a "rare crime".

Its co-director Sarah Green said the spike in reporting showed the "desire to seek justice was increasing".

Welsh figures

  • South Wales Police had the largest number of rape reports in 2015-16, with 375 adult and 251 child allegations
  • North Wales Police recorded 314 adult and 202 child allegations
  • Gwent Police recorded alleged offences against 149 adults and 113 children
  • Dyfed Powys police had the fewest rape reports in Wales with 149 adults and 104 children contacting the police.