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Support for rape and sexual abuse victims gets funding rise

Rape and sexual abuse support services have cautiously welcomed a government pledge to increase their funding by 10%, but have said it is not enough.
Specialist services such as Rape Crisis would receive an increase that would take their funding up to £24mover three years, the Ministry of Justice said.
The pledge follows a sharp increase in the number of reports of rape and sexual violence, which have almost doubled since 2013-14.
However, despite this increase in reports, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed in its annual Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report in September that it charged 849 fewer defendants in 2017-18 than in the previous year – a 23.1% fall.
More than 150,000 sexual offences were recorded by police last year, and20% of women and 4% of men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. Specialist services provided by Rape Crisis were accessed by 78,461 people in 2017-18, a 17% increase on the previous year.
Katie Russell of Rape Crisis said the promise of funding over three years was welcome, but not enough.
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Source: The Guardian 6th November 2018

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