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Sexual Offences

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a (a) caution, (b) suspended prison sentence, (c) community sentence and (d) conditional or absolute discharge for (i) rape, (ii) sexual assault and (iii) sexual activity with a child in 2008. (316325)

The requested information is shown in the following table.

The data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed, where the same sentence is imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Sentences for rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child, 2008

Number

Rape1

Caution

36

Discharge

1

Community sentence

32

Suspended sentence

3

Immediate custody

865

Total sentenced

919

Sexual assault2

Caution

728

Discharge

63

Community sentence

640

Suspended sentence

207

Immediate custody

1,122

Total sentenced

2,113

Sexual activity with a child3

Caution

396

Discharge

15

Community sentence

246

Suspended sentence

92

Immediate custody

572

Total sentenced

931

1 Includes rape and attempted rape of a female/male over 16, under 16 and under 13

2 Includes Assault on a female/male by penetration, assault on a female/male under 13 by penetration, sexual assault on a female/male, and sexual assault on a female/male under 13

3 Includes offences under S.4, S.8, S.9, S.10, S.11 and S.12 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Does not include familial sexual offences under S.25 and S.26