Rape reports increase at charity

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THE number of victims of rape and sex abuse referred to a charity has gone up dramatically.

Lifecentre, in Chichester, has seen 40 per cent more referrals so far in 2015 compared with the same time a year ago.

Director Maggie Ellis said one reason could be the large-scale public debates reported recently in the media.

‘It’s empowered people to speak out and encouraged people that they might be believed,’ she said.