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Statistics about sexual violence

National statistics


  • 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%.


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