Number of sex crimes reported in Scotland reaches the highest level in 45 years, with nearly half of cases involving children
MORE than 10,000 sex crimes were reported to Police Scotland in a year, despite recorded crime falling to its lowest level since 1974.
New statistics show sex crimes, including rape and sexual assault, increased 7% to 10,273 in Scotland between 2014-15 and 2015-16 to the highest level in 45 years.
A total of 43% of sex crimes recorded involved child victims.
Non-sexual violent crime, including attempted murder and serious assault, also rose 7% in the same period, to 6,775.
Vandalism and fire-raising crimes increased 4% year on year to 54,226, while crimes of dishonesty, such as theft,... read more
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