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Offences Against Young Persons

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the number of convictions for sexual and other violent offences by adults against persons under the age of 15 years in each year since 1979.

The available information is brought together in the following table. For other types of offences

Offenders aged 17 and over found guilty at all courts in England and Wales of certain violence against the person or sexual offences where the victim is known to be or could be aged 16 or under
Number of persons
Offence197919801981198219831984
Indictable offences
Murder of infants under 1 year of age11
Infanticide779386
Cruelty to or neglect of children13814710110187102
Abandoning child under 2 years*121121
Child stealing*1310871910
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animal119140143123142113
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animal1714951221
Indecent assault on a male person under 16 years485498458460482460
Indecent assault on a female person under 16 years of age1,3471,3451,1461,1671,0861,068
Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13*779469599272
Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16*620525454388393393
Incest with a girl under 13495032443848
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourse86367
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16657736
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution, etc.334343
Abduction of unmarried girl under 1619118968
Gross indecency with children*239238209205205226
Summary offence
Cruelty to or neglect of children*4451011