OUT of 281 allegations of rape reported in the Vale of Glamorgan in the past three years, 22 led to charges or summons to court, it has been revealed.

The figures, which relate to the period between January 1, 2019, and October 31, 2021, were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to South Wales Police.

In 2019, 88 allegations of rape were made, and six charges or court summons were made. One hundred allegations were made in 2020, with 10 charges or court summons. Up to October 31, 2021, 93 allegations were made and six charges or summons.

South Wales Police highlight that the reports of the crime relates to the number reported during the period of the Freedom of Information request and not necessarily the crimes that have been committed during the period.


A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “South Wales Police takes all reports of rape seriously and urges victims to come forward to report the crime, safe in the knowledge that they will be treated with respect and dignity and that their allegation will be fully investigated. 

“Every report of a rape, suspected or possible rape is taken at face value and recorded on the force crime recording system, irrespective of the source of the report. This includes reports made by third parties, through partnership working or from other agencies.

“Staff who deal with cases of this nature, from initial contact with the victim through to completion of a file of evidence, undertake a comprehensive training and accreditation process to ensure a professional investigation.

“The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) facility is considered in all instances of rape. Utilising the SARC from the outset ensures the right support for the victim throughout the process. South Wales Police has three SARCs where victims receive a multi-agency service from initial reporting through to conclusion, offering health care, crisis support and support through any criminal justice process.

“A dedicated Rape And Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) team has been set up within the Crown Prosecution Service, (CPS), to deal with rape and serious sexual offences. The RASSO team deliver charging decisions and a designated RASSO lawyer provides early investigative advice to officers.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual offences should report it to the police using 101 or 999 in an immediate emergency.