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Reported Rapes Double in England And Wales—But Conviction Rate Falls

The number of rapes reported in England and Wales has more than doubled in less than four years, official figures show. Forces across 42 local area districts logged 35,798 alleged rape offenses in the year to the end of March 2016—a 124 percent increase, compared to the 16,012 recorded in the 12 months ending in December 2012. The report, published by the Rape Monitoring Group, says the increased figures show victims may feel more confident in being believed, or have an increased understanding that a crime has been committed.
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