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Sexual Offences

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) arrested for, (b) prosecuted for, (c) convicted for and (d) acquitted of offences of sexual assault in each of the last 10 years; (320118)

(2) how many people have been (a) arrested for, (b) prosecuted for, (c) convicted for and (d) acquitted of offences of rape in each of the last 10 years.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery.

The offence of arrests on suspicion of sexual assaults and offence of rape is not a notifiable offence and does not form part of this collection.

Information provided by the Ministry of Justice state the number of people proceeded against, found guilty and proceedings that did not lead to a finding of guilt at all courts for rape and sexual assault, England and Wales 1999 to 2008 (latest available) is given in the table.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned to be published in the autumn 2010.

Persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty and proceedings that did not lead to a finding of guilt at all courts for rape1, and sexual assault2, England and Wales 1999 to 20083, 4, 5

Number

Offence

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceedings that did not lead to a finding of guilt6

Rape1

1999

1,986

561

1,425

2000

1,865

519

1,346

2001

2,417

494

1,923

2002

2,698

548

2,150

2003

2,550

583

1,967

2004

2,453

644

1,809

2005

2,558

694

1,864

2006

2,335

754

1,581

2007

2,138

777

1,361

2008

2,181

822

1,359

Sexual assault2

1999

4,627

2,868

1,759

2000

4,354

2,633

1,721

2001

4,496

2,517

1,979

2002

4,651

2,590

2,061

2003

4,846

2,467

2,379

2004

4,920

2,608

2,312

2005

4,106

2,238

1,868

2006

3,764

2,052

1,712

2007

3,548

2,103

1,445

2008

3,364

2,120

1,244

1 Includes: Rape of a female and male (excludes attempted rape). 2 Data include the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions: Sexual assault on a male. Sexual assault on a female. 3 The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence 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. 4 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. 5 Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008. 6 “Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt” covers defendants tried and found not guilty as well as proceedings that were discontinued or cases where no evidence was offered, charges were withdrawn or the judge ruled that there was no case to answer. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice.