Numbers of Rape and Sexual Assault in England and Wales

Based on aggregated data from the ‘Crime Survey for England and Wales’ in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, on average, 2.5 per cent of females and 0.4 per cent of males said that they had been a victim of a sexual offence (or an attempted sexual offence) in the previous 12 months. This represents around 473,000 adults being victims of sexual offences (around 404,000 females and 72,000 males) on average per year. These experiences span the full spectrum of sexual offences, ranging from the most serious offences of rape and sexual assault, to other sexual offences like indecent exposure and unwanted touching.

 In Jersey (based on a female population, aged between 14 and 64 of 33,000 and a male population, aged between 14 and 64, of 32,000) this equates to 820 females and 130 males on average per year.

It is estimated that 0.5 per cent of females report being a victim of the most serious offences of rape or sexual assault by penetration in the previous 12 months, equivalent to around 85,000 victims on average per year. Among males, less than 0.1 per cent (around 12,000) report being a victim of the same types of offences in the previous 12 months.

In jersey (based on the assumptions above) this equates to 164 females and 32 males.

Around one in twenty females (aged 16 to 59) reported being a victim of a most serious sexual offence since the age of 16. Extending this to include other sexual offences such as sexual threats, unwanted touching or indecent exposure, this increased to one in five females reporting being a victim since the age of 16.

False Accusations

During the period Jan 2011 – May 2012, in England and Wales the following statistics were identified by the CPS:

There were 5,651 prosecutions for Rape and 35 prosecutions for making false allegations of Rape. i.e. less than 1% of Rape reports are false.

Knowing the Perpetrator

Around 90 per cent of victims of the most serious form of sexual offences knew the perpetrator, compared with less than half for other sexual offences.