In 2009 the headline was UK is violent crime capital of Europe with reports of:
Analysis of figures from the European Commission showed a 77 per cent increase in murders, robberies, assaults and sexual offences in the UK since Labour came to power.
The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
That was over seven years ago.
Dru Sharpling from HMIC said: “Despite making some progress following our 2014 inspection, the force is failing some victims of crime. We estimate that the force fails to record over 38,000 reported crimes each year. The reported crimes that go unrecorded include serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.
Even so the numbers tell a frightening story with the headline today being Sexual offences convictions in England and Wales hit record levels in the past year:
The number of prosecutions brought for sexual offences has risen to its highest level ever, jumping 22.5 per cent on last year.
In total 11,995 defendants were prosecuted in 2015-16 for sexual offences other than rape, up from 9,789 the year before. The figure has steadily increased since 2012, but never as steeply as in the past year.
Sexual offences range from non-consensual sexual touching to serious sexual assault.
I’m reminded of what John Fogh said nearly 20 years ago that was true decades before and will probably be true until we have handheld phasers:
Nothing says, “Please don’t rape me.” like multiple jacketed hollowpoints.
Insights Self Defense Instructor
February 23, 1999
Why would women ever want to visit, or especially live, in places without easy access to guns?