Comment on new rape reporting figures for Sussex
Commenting on new reported rape figures by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which shows reports, prosecutions and convictions are up in Sussex, the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
“One of my priorities has been to encourage victims to report all forms of abuse including domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. Today’s figures show that Sussex residents who are affected are now more confident in the services that are available and that Sussex Police have improved their response. HMIC’s rape data clearly shows that those who commit rape in our county are more likely than ever to be tracked down, investigated and prosecuted.
“This validates the public’s support for my decision to increase funding of safeguarding investigation units across the county and specifically to fund a number of sexual offence liaison officers.
“With this funding, I have also improved the support available to survivors of rape regardless of whether they report it to the police.
“For information about services to support victims of abuse and other serious sexual offences, please see our web portal http://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/ which provides direct access to help and support for all victims and witnesses of crime in Sussex.”
NB: Mrs Bourne will be raising the issue of how the police handle rape reports with Sussex Chief Constable next week at her monthly Performance and Accountability Meeting (Friday 21). She will be finding out what constructive changes the Force can make to reduce the delays in the time it takes for cases of rape to be heard at court and what plans are in place to improve solved rates for serious sexual offences in Sussex.
Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home
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