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Reported rapes in France jump 18% in five years

AFP archive picture | Despite the growing statistics, a high number of rapes are not reported to the police

The number of reported rapes in France has shot up 18% in five years, according to figures published Tuesday in French daily Le Figaro.

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The number of reported rape cases jumped from 10,762 in 2010 to 12,768 in 2014, while rape allegations involving children rose by more than 20%, from 5,751 to 6,936, in the same period, the newspaper said.

“Every day 33 rapes are reported in France, that’s one every 40 minutes!” Le Figaro said. “And this is just the number that actually get reported and logged by the police.”

The report added that France’s overseas territories had the highest incidences, with French Guiana in first place with one reported rape per 2,000 people.

Caribbean islands Martinique and Guadeloupe “also have particularly high levels”, the newspaper said.

“Paris follows just behind, with 600 rapes reported in 2014,” the report continued.

The British Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported in January 2015 that the number of rapes reported in England and Wales had jumped 31% in the past year to 24,043.

The ONS ascribed the rise to better police procedures and a greater willingness among victims to report crimes committed against them.

If victims are increasingly willing to report rapes, the figures in France are likely to go on rising.

“Research shows that the number of official allegations represents less than 10% of actual crimes,” Christophe Soullez, head of the French National Delinquency Observatory, told Le Figaro.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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