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Rape Case Rise
8:01am 23rd March 2014
We are told a rise in the number of rape cases in Cornwall could be down to more people reporting historic cases.
It is after Pirate FM revealed in some parts of the Duchy figures are up 65%
Charity Skoodya work with victims of sex abuse.
Spokeswoman Sally Piper reckons more people are taking it seriously: "We're seeing a slight increase in people reporting rapes that have just happened in the last few hours or days. But we're seeing a big increase in the number of people who are reporting historic sex assaults and rapes, possibly when they were children, but they are now coming forward."
She added it is important victims have someone to listen and take them seriously: "There's that 'oh well you were drunk - you were wearing a short skirt', there's a lot of that which I think actually has changed so that people now do actually acknowledge that the person who carries out the rape - the perpetrator is the one to blame. It's never the victim's fault. She can wear what she wants ... or he because men can be raped as well"
Police say they are thinking of setting up a specialist attack unit.
Victim Support is also urging young people to plan travel on nights out and stick with mates.
Spokesperson Georgie Constable said: "The effect that this sort of crime can have on people is to make them withdrawn or afraid, worried about going out, having no confidence at work and then having to take time off sick. But if they do come forward they will get the help that they need.
"People need to plan when they're going out in the evening. Plan who they're going out with, where they'll meet up if they get separated and also plan what the journey is going home to make sure that no-one gets left behind and is therefore vulnerable"
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