According to a BBC news article, sexual offences recorded by police in England and Wales increased by 20% in the year to March, newly released figures show.
Some of the rise has been attributed by experts to a greater willingness on the part of victims to come forward in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. The spike comes after intense scrutiny of how police record crimes.
In the 12 months to the end of March 2014, police recorded 64,000 sexual offences, while the figures showed rape had risen by 27%, the highest level for more than 10 years.
Other types of sex crime were up by 17% in the covered period.
Mark Bangs, from the Office for National Statistics, said: “Part of the rise in sexual offences is related to the effect of the Operation Yewtree investigation, which has brought to light a large number of historic sexual offences. The increase is also likely to reflect a broader Yewtree effect, whereby more victims are coming forward to report sexual offences to the police.”
The Victim Support charity said it was supporting hundreds of people who had come forward to report historic sexual abuse.
“We know how much courage it takes them to come forward, so it is encouraging to see an apparent rise in confidence in people reporting this appalling crime,” assistant chief executive Adam Pemberton said.
“However, it is critical that more of the right kind of support is put in place to help these victims cope and recover from their ordeal, particularly when they give evidence against their abusers in court.”