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Young Offenders: Rape

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many youths aged 18 years or under were convicted of rape in England and Wales for each year since 1997. (133790)

The table shows data extracted from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform in respect of convictions for rape committed by youths in England and Wales from 1997 to 2005.

Number of defendants aged 18 years or under convicted of rape at all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 20051,2,3

Age

10 to 15

16 to 18

Total

1997

25

52

77

1998

16

28

44

1999

26

51

77

2000

16

43

59

2001

19

39

58

2002

12

36

48

2003

16

34

50

2004

23

33

56

2005

32

74

106

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform.