RAPE IN ENGLAND: Fifth of Sex Attack Victims ‘Asleep or Unconscious’, the Tenth is either ‘Strangled or Choked’

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There has been a rise in the amount of rapes being reported for England and Wales in 2013-14. Now, tell me again how it’s better to keep these victims unarmed?

One in five serious sexual assaults targets someone who is unconscious or asleep, an official analysis suggests.

The analysis of crime survey and police statistics for 2013-14 in England and Wales was carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Sex offences recorded by police rose to 64,205 – the most since 2002-03 – while the number of victims in the crime survey fell slightly.

But the ONS said there was a “greater willingness” overall to report abuse.

It said the rise in reported attacks was “thought to reflect” better recording and victims being more willing to report sexual offences.

The data also suggests that in more than half the cases, physical force had been used to try to make the victim have sex with them. One in 10 victims reported that the offender had choked or tried to strangle them.

Only 17% of victims said they had reported the most recent serious sexual assault to the police.

Read more: BBC

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