- 1 in 5 women age 16-59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16 (Ministry of Justice, 2013).
- 1 in 20 children experience child sexual abuse (NSPCC, 2011).
- Only around 15 percent of those who experience sexual violence choose to report to the police (Ministry of Justice, 2013).
Essex statistics (2016/17)
Figures from the 2016/17 HMICFRS Rape Monitoring Group digests
- There were a total of 1078 police recorded rapes (an increase of around 10% on 2015/16).
- Of these, 721 were adults (16+) and 357 were children. 96% of adult victims and 76% of child victims were female.
- 246 were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) (23% of reported rapes).
- CPS made decisions to charge on 47 (19% of referrals). This means that only 4% of total reported rapes resulted in a charge. This number is also significantly less than the figure for 2015/16, when CPS made the decision to charge on 122. So this represents a decrease of 61% in rape cases going to court!
- Over the year 112 rape cases went to court. Of these, 45 resulted in a conviction (40%). The previous year, 51% of cases that went to court resulted in a conviction, so the conviction rate has dropped by 11%.