There were more than 100,000 sexual assaults across the UK in the last year according to official statistics on criminal offences.
The new figure marks the first occasion that the number of sexual offences has reached such a landmark with an increase of 29% compared to the figures from the same period last year. However, the police are insisting that the number of offences is due to the victims of such attacks being more willing to come forward rather than a decrease in the standard of policing. This sentiment was echoed by the Office of National Statistics.
Record Year for Sexual Offences
While the figures only take into account data from England and Wales, previous reports from Police Scotland have indicated that the number of sexual offences has also risen in the country, implying that a rise in such offences is widespread throughout the UK.
Figures indicate that the number of rapes stood at 34,741 and that there were 68,873 other types of sexual offences, making 103,614 total offences. The figure also means that the number of rapes across the UK is now at the highest level since records began.
As well as an increase in the number of sexual offences, there was an 11% rise in homicides and a 27% rise in the number of violent crimes seen across the UK. Firearm offences also increased by 4% with police stating that this was mainly due to an 18% rise in imitation crimes.
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