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Offences Against Children

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female victims of childhood sexual abuse there were in each of the last 10 years. (232302)

The recorded crime statistics are based on legal definitions and the available statistics for sexual offences where the victim can be identified as a child are given in the following tables. We are only able to identify the sex of the victim for offences of rape.

Table 1: Selected sexual offences recorded by the police In England and Wales, 1998-99 to 2001-021

Offence

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Sexual assault on a male child under 13

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rape of a female child under 16

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rape of a female child under 13

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rape of a male child under 16

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rape of a male child under 13

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Sexual assault on a female child under 13

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13

153

181

155

169

Sexual activity involving a child under 13

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16

1,135

1,270

1,237

1,328

Sexual activity involving a child under 16

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Gross indecency with a child

1,293

1,365

1,336

1,654

n/a = not available

1 The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 2: Selected sexual offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, 2002-03 to 2007-081,2

Offence

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Sexual assault on a male child under 13

n/a

n/a

1,227

1,394

1,237

1,118

Rape of a female child under 16

n/a

n/a

3,014

3,153

2,853

2,418

Rape of a female child under 13

n/a

n/a

970

1,388

1,524

1,472

Rape of a male child under 16

n/a

n/a

322

292

261

235

Rape of a male child under 13

n/a

n/a

297

364

458

427

Sexual assault on a female child under 13

n/a

n/a

4,391

4,647

4,245

3,976

Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13

183

212

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Sexual activity involving a child under 13

n/a

n/a

1,510

1,950

1,936

1,836

Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 163

1,515

1,911

436

138

67

33

Sexual activity involving a child under 16

n/a

n/a

2,546

3,283

3,208

3,100

Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography

n/a

n/a

99

124

101

110

Gross indecency with a child3

1,917

1,987

398

120

64

150

n/a = not available

1 The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

2 The Sexual Offences Act 2003 introduced in May 2004 altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.

3 A small number of offences continue to be recorded relating to offences repealed by the Sexual Offences Act 2003; while these may continue to be legitimately recorded for offences committed prior to May 2004 it is also possible that some may have been recorded in these old categories in error, so recent changes based on small numbers should be interpreted with caution.