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Calls for Rape Centre for North Yorkshire


3:30pm 25th May 2011
(Updated 11:44am 27th May 2011)

Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, has today called for a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to cover North Yorkshire and York, one of the few parts of the country which currently does not have a one.

A SARC is a specialist 24/7 centre for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Under one roof, they provide medical care and forensic examination following assault or rape, counselling and possibly sexual health services.

The Home Office has promised to have one in each police force area by 2011.

Miss McIntosh says:

“By its very nature any form of sexual assault but especially rape, is deeply personal, intrusive and violent. It is unacceptable that there is simply nowhere in North Yorkshire for any victim to present themselves and seek help and guidance and medical and police support in the immediate aftermath of an assault or attack.”

“The Coalition Government has announced an additional £3 million a year for the next three years to give rape support centres the certainty they need. I have therefore written today to the Home Secretary Theresa May and the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to invite their support for such a Centre to be based in North Yorkshire.”

NSPCC finds 64 child sex crimes a day reported to police

Police in England and Wales recorded a child sex crime every 20 minutes last year, new NSPCC research reveals today.

Nationally, more than 23,000 offences – including rape, incest and gross indecency – were logged in 2009-10.

Most reports concerned children aged 12-15 years old. However, over 1,000 victims were pre-school age and one in four were aged 11 or under.

Girls continue to be around six times more likely to be sexually assaulted than boys, with over 20,000 (86%) female victims recorded.

Latest figures from North Yorkshire Police show that there were 250 known sex offences against young people in 2009-2010 with 53 being aged 5-11 years old. Three victims were aged four or under. 

The figures show, for the first time, the number of young people accused of committing child sex offences. Nearly one-quarter (2,200) of known suspects in these cases were under 18. According to North Yorkshire Police statistics 59 known suspects were under 18.

The NSPCC used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain this data from all 43 police forces in England and Wales - for the third year running. The figures show a rise in the number of recorded offences from 20,698 in 2007-08 to 21,618 in 2008-09 and 23,390 in 2009-10.

Home Office figures give no clear picture of how many sex offences are committed every year against children, their ages, gender or whether someone was convicted.

The NSPCC believes this data helps show which children are at most risk and from whom and should allow the UK Government and local authorities to find better ways to protect children.

Gordon Ratcliffe, NSPCC Regional Head of Service for Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

"Thousands of people come forward every year to report sex crimes against children. But many victims are too young to ask for help. Others are too scared to tell anyone about their suffering until years later.

“The rise in recorded sex offences against children is a real concern and we need to find ways to help victims and change the behaviour of young offenders.

“Across England and Wales, more than 2,000 suspects in these cases were under 18.  It’s clear we need more services that address the harmful sexual behaviour of young people, as well as adult offenders.

"This year the NSPCC is launching two UK-wide programmes to help prevent young people from sexually harming others. A third programme will test different therapies for helping children recover from sex abuse.

“We urge everyone to be vigilant and report any concerns they have about a child.”

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