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Rape

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of rape were reported to the police by (a) women and (b) men in each of the last 10 years; how many reports of rape resulted in prosecutions; and how many such prosecutions were successful in each year. (198461)

Details on the number of allegations of rape are not collected centrally.

The Home Office collects crime statistics on the numbers of rape offences recorded by the police in England and Wales and data for 1997 to 2006-07 are given in table 1.

Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty of rape, in England and Wales, 1997 to 2006 are shown in table 2.

The figures given in table 2 relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Police recorded crime (notifiable) data and court proceedings data are not directly comparable. Recorded crime data, published on a financial year basis, concentrate on the numbers of offences and detections, whereas court proceedings data are published on a calendar year basis and concentrate on defendants.

Table 1: number of recorded offences of female and male rape, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006-07Offences recorded19976,6281997-9816,8981998-992,37,6361999-20002,38,4092000-012,38,5932001-022,39,7342002-034,512,2952003-044,513,2722004-054,5,614,0132005-064,5,614,4432006-074,5,613,780 1 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the coverage and is in use until 31 March 1998.2 The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.3 These data are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.4 These data take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.5 Includes British Transport Police from 2002-03.6 The Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced in May 2004, altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.

Table 2: number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for rape1, England and Wales, 1997 to 20062,3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

1997

1,961

618

1998

2,185

675

1999

2,169

659

20004

2,046

598

2001

2,651

572

2002

2,945

655

2003

2,790

673

2004

2,689

751

2005

2,826

796

2006

2,567

863

1 Includes rape of a female, rape of a male, attempted rape of a female and attempted rape of a male.

2 These data are on the principal offence basis.

3 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.

4 Staffordshire police force were only able to supply a sample of data for magistrates courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Estimates based on this sample are included in the figures.