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Rape and sexual violence are more common than most people realise and there is still a lack of clarity about the true extent of rape. However, figures from the British Crime Surveys show that at least 1 in 4 women and 1 in 30 men experience rape or a serious sexual assault at some point during their lives. In North Yorkshire there are between 140 and 180 rapes reported to the police each year, but the true number of rapes is estimated to be at least 10 times this amount.

The vast majority of sexual assaults and rapes are committed by men against women or girls they know. Many rapes or sexual assaults happen during childhood or in early adulthood and some people experience multiple rapes.

People who rape can be ex partners, husbands, friends, relatives or complete strangers. They come from many different backgrounds and have different lifestyles. The majority of rapists appear likeable, respectable and unthreatening.

Rape and sexual assault can be extremely violent - rapists may use weapons, threats or physical violence. Rape can also be quiet and manipulative. In any circumstance rape and sexual assault is wrong and it is always the fault of the rapist, not of the person who is attacked.

In cases of domestic violence, rape is commonly used as a tool to further dominate and control victims. For more support and information about domestic abuse click here.

If you, or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted you can get the help and support you need. You can phone the Rape Support Line on:0300 111 0777 or click here for more info on other services.

Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives
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