Sexual assault reports almost double on Isle of Man

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Successful prosecutions have encouraged other sexual assault victims to come forward

The number of sex crimes reported to police on the Isle of Man has almost doubled in a year.

New statistics show the number of sexual assault victims coming forward in the year 2009 to 2010 has risen 92% over the previous year.

The figures come from Victim Support Isle of Man, a charity which works with people affected by crime.

"Successful prosecutions have encouraged others to come forward," said charity manager Paula Gelling.

"I am not saying that sexual crimes are on the increase. Word of mouth about the service (provided by Victim Support), the accessibility of service and good practice, I believe, explains the rise of referrals for this type of crime."

Over the last 12 months Victim Support's Witness Service supported 165 witnesses and their families and friends, which is a rise of 30 on the previous year.

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