PFCC candidate calls for improved support for survivors of sexual assault


James Barker, Lib Dem PFCC candidate for North Yorkshire, is calling on the Government to take urgent action to support survivors of sexual assault.

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Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics show that for the year ending March 2020, 773,000 people were the victims of sexual assault in England and Wales, and fewer than one in six survivors of rape reported it to the Police. Recent research has also indicated that the number of victims of revenge porn has doubled in the last two years.


Earlier this week, City of York councillors passed a Liberal Democrat motion calling on the Government to provide additional resources to Neighbourhood Policing Teams in order to strengthen the working relationships between the force and local communities.


James Barker commented: "As the shocking killing of Sarah Everard reminded us so painfully, far too many women experience violence at the hands of far too many men. These figures show that rape and sexual assault are all too prevalent, and yet only a small proportion are reported to the police. Survivors deserve justice. They must be properly supported to come forward and be listened to when they do.

"Government inaction is, however, failing survivors of sexual violence and allowing too many criminals to walk free. Ministers must publish the end-to-end review of rape cases as soon as possible, and urgently make improvements across the whole justice system. I also want to see action to improve the visibility of local policing to help strengthen community safety.”


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