West Midlands male rape doubles between 2010 and 2014

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Image caption West Midlands Police say men often find it difficult to speak out

Figures from West Midlands Police have revealed the number of recorded male rapes doubled between 2010 and 2014.

In 2010 police investigated 60 rapes. By 2014, the latest figures available, the number had reached 124.

Neil Henderson, CEO of sexual abuse charity Safeline, said victims were "starting to believe" in the authorities which had given them "the confidence to come forward".

Home Office statistics showed recorded male rape increased 87% nationally.

The West Midlands figures were revealed after a Freedom of Information request.

The force's figures also showed recorded sexual abuse on males increased by 45% over the same time period.

West Midlands Police figures
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Rape of a male 60 70 89 106 124
Sexual assault on a male 108 105 118 127 157

The charity Safeline has said it has seen a 30% increase in men coming forward in the past year.

"These historic cases of abuse that are being mentioned in the media are triggering a lot of people's feelings that they now want to resolve," Mr Henderson said.

Between 2009 and 2014 numbers of recorded male rape rose from 1,172 to 2,197 nationally, Home Office statistics showed.

'In confidence'

Duncan Craig, CEO of help group Survivors Manchester, said the majority of sexual assaults and rapes were "by someone that the victim will know".

Mr Craig, a rape survivor, said being abused had a "profound impact" on him.

"I had issues with alcohol and drug use for a while; anything that stopped me from remembering."

The Home Office statistics also revealed a 35% rise in recorded female rape between 2009 and 2014.

Det Ch Insp Tom Chisholm, from West Midlands Police, said: "I don't believe this means more offences are being committed, rather that victims are speaking out against offenders in confidence they will be listened to."

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