The Office for National Statistics has released new statistics which show that the police in England and Wales recorded a record number of sex crimes from December 2020 to December 2021. 

The rise to 183,587 crimes is a 22% surge from the year before and an increase of 13% from 2019. There were also 895,782 offences recorded as domestic abuse-related in 2021, which is a 7% rise from the year before.

This increase to a record high may indicate more survivors coming forward to pursue criminal justice, rather than an actual increase in the number of sexual offences committed.

Learn more in this article featured in the Independent.

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