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Police investigate 10 rapes a week in Northern Ireland

The police in Northern Ireland investigate an average 10 reports of rape per week, it has emerged.

The figure has come to light after the serious sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Banbridge last Tuesday and three attacks at the weekend in west Belfast, Londonderry and Portadown.

A woman in her 40s was assaulted by two men in the Whiterock Road area of west Belfast at around 1am on Sunday. Police have described her attackers as being in their 30s, of heavy build and wearing jeans.

In the early hours of Saturday in Londonderry a teenage girl was attacked in the Temple Grove area by a man wearing a dark trench coat and lace-up boots.

At around the same time a young woman was attacked in the Ballyoran area of Portadown.

In the last 12 months the PSNI has investigated 525 rapes.

Pearl Grey, from the Rape Crisis Centre, said the true number of rapes is even more disturbing.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.

“For 525 claims that the police are receiving, we would be dealing with maybe treble that amount.”

Belfast Telegraph