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Rape

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of women (a) in each age group, (b) in each area and (c) of each ethnicity raped in each of the last 10 years. (320177)

Since the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in May 2004, data for offences of rape of a female have been broken down into three victim age groups. The age groups are: aged 16 and over, children under 16 and children under 13. Prior to May 2004, the Home Office had not been able to identify the age group of the victim. The data for 2004-05 to 2008-09 are shown in Table 1.

Data for total offences of rape of a female by police force area for 1999-2000 to 2008-09 are shown in Tables 2a and 2b. The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002 and figures before and after this date are not directly comparable. Data for 1999-2000 to 2001-02 are shown in Table 2a and data for 2002-03 to 2008-09 are shown in Table 2b.

Information on ethnicity of victims is not held centrally.

Table 1: Recorded offences of rape of a female by age group, 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Rape of a female1

693

61

25

145

169

Rape of a female aged 16 and over

8,192

8,725

8,222

7,586

7,781

Rape of a female child under 16

3,014

3,153

2,853

2,413

2,532

Rape of a female child under 13

970

1,388

1,524

1,485

1,647

Total

12,869

13,327

12,624

11,629

12,129

1 The Sexual Offences Act 2003 introduced in May 2004 altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences. A small number of offences continue to be recorded relating to offences repealed by the Act; while these may continue to be legitimately recorded for offences prior to May 2004 it is also possible that some may have been recorded in these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.

Table 2a: Recorded offences of rape of a female by police force area, 1999-2000 to 2001-02

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Avon and Somerset

166

188

302

Bedfordshire

92

81

89

Cambridgeshire

97

102

144

Cheshire

62

80

69

Cleveland

45

36

54

Cumbria

33

37

44

Derbyshire

98

102

113

Devon and Cornwall

150

168

165

Dorset

61

67

108

Durham

58

45

71

Dyfed-Powys

49

46

46

Essex

184

153

190

Gloucestershire

63

85

49

Greater Manchester

512

508

526

Gwent

94

76

101

Hampshire

228

257

279

Hertfordshire

63

82

81

Humberside

160

134

151

Kent

131

169

171

Lancashire

136

182

174

Leicestershire

141

142

152

Lincolnshire

51

63

103

London, City of

1

2

9

Merseyside

219

214

256

Metropolitan police

2,142

2,044

2,336

Norfolk

82

103

103

Northamptonshire

42

56

91

Northumbria

227

208

259

North Wales

88

89

111

North Yorkshire

39

46

65

Nottinghamshire

210

211

227

South Wales

115

115

112

South Yorkshire

114

112

105

Staffordshire

175

182

197

Suffolk

80

94

112

Surrey

72

119

110

Sussex

198

237

215

Thames Valley

218

245

269

Warwickshire

19

25

30

West Mercia

86

105

169

West Midlands

481

499

553

West Yorkshire

449

348

406

Wiltshire

78

72

85

Total

7,809

7,929

9,002

Note: The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 2b: Recorded offences of rape of a female by police force area, 2002-03 to 2008-09

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

361

447

427

295

393

352

308

Bedfordshire

116

139

149

188

141

106

158

British Transport Police

11

25

39

17

16

14

22

Cambridgeshire

177

216

219

193

193

198

180

Cheshire

104

172

184

165

150

140

141

Cleveland

96

139

135

158

125

130

122

Cumbria

61

71

73

73

63

78

69

Derbyshire

185

221

257

253

253

217

242

Devon and Cornwall

255

303

348

361

355

360

376

Dorset

128

137

149

166

115

192

155

Durham

53

68

83

129

76

117

107

Dyfed-Powys

44

99

94

79

92

66

71

Essex

2B1

316

320

352

324

264

321

Gloucestershire

109

97

105

145

150

130

134

Greater Manchester

667

790

812

769

767

712

769

Gwent

137

77

103

112

132

164

140

Hampshire

342

439

573

618

592

549

535

Hertfordshire

160

149

179

197

179

163

125

Humberside

239

330

286

323

264

237

209

Kent

201

268

329

413

368

379

337

Lancashire

225

241

249

299

257

232

236

Leicestershire

237

238

291

287

275

315

298

Lincolnshire

128

156

164

169

147

154

140

London, City of

3

3

7

5

8

3

1

Merseyside

320

360

342

356

274

231

208

Metropolitan police

2,580

2,417

2,282

2,249

2,144

1,775

2,019

Norfolk

170

196

170

209

147

128

132

Northamptonshire

158

144

116

152

147

138

160

Northumbria

313

305

306

325

307

232

232

North Wales

106

132

148

156

99

142

161

North Yorkshire

126

115

132

134

128

119

150

Nottinghamshire

225

273

230

236

223

209

281

South Wales

174

177

165

193

240

232

271

South Yorkshire

181

170

261

294

241

219

186

Staffordshire

236

226

275

267

265

224

229

Suffolk

143

166

169

192

161

151

164

Surrey

127

138

120

135

134

144

174

Sussex

327

276

414

399

413

293

343

Thames Valley

335

409

377

425

411

356

414

Warwickshire

59

73

83

75

93

96

99

West Mercia

205

210

199

212

208

229

263

West Midlands

679

747

882

856

834

748

709

West Yorkshire

514

572

526

558

579

563

613

Wiltshire

147

131

97

138

141

128

125

Total

11,445

12,378

12,869

13,327

12,624

11,629

12,129

Notes: 1. The data in this table 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. 2. The data of the British Transport Police were included after the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002.