774 sexual offences reported to police in South Worcestershire in a year

MORE than 770 sexual offences were reported to police in the region in a year according to the latest figures. A total of 2,596 reports of stalking and harassment were made across the South Worcestershire policing area, which includes Worcester, Evesham, Malvern, Droitwich and Upton in the year up to September 2020 – the latest data available. This is alongside 774 reports of sexual offences, which include sexual assault and rape, during the same period.

The number of reports of sexual offences fell slightly compared to the previous year’s figure of 816. But reports of stalking and harassment did increase by a quarter from 2,090 in the year up to September 2019. West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion revealed that 5,000 rape alarms will be made available to people across the region ahead of pubs and bars reopening on April 12.

“As a short term measure we have to continue to do more to protect and reassure the women and girls within our communities who are at risk of violence and/or feel more vulnerable in light of the recent event,” he said. “This includes equipping them with things like personal alarms to help keep them safe. “This simple act won’t fix the underlying problem, but it will reassure some. ”

Mr Campion said there was still a long way to go to reduce violence against women but he hoped the alarms would help to reassure some people and keep them safe. “In the recent days we have seen and heard some harrowing accounts from women, who simply don’t feel safe on our streets,” he added. “Collectively, as a society we have a long way to go.

We need to ensure the journey of reducing violence in our society is progressed, including eradicating all forms of violence towards women.” West Mercia’s police and crime commissioner also said society should not ignore the fact that the majority of violence towards women is carried out by men. “We should be tackling the behaviours and attitudes of some men that are perpetrating a culture leading to violence against women,” he said.

“We also shouldn’t be afraid to call out some men for their behaviour.

As a man I recognise the need for it, so it is something I personally pledge to do.

“My resolve is as strong as ever to continue to fight to keep all of the communities that make up West Mercia safe, including reducing violence against women.”

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