Sexual Offences

Why this is a priority:

There has been an increase in police recordings of sexual offences and rape, however there has been a decrease in the proportion resulting in a formal outcome. Police analysis has found that the main driver has been victim disengagement particularly for victims who were reluctant to report in the first place. The most common compliant from victims was that the process is too long.

What we know:

In 2020, there was an increase of 4% compared to the previous year and part of a continuing upward trend since 2014/15.

The most common types of offence reported were rape of a female over 16years 31%, sexual assault on a female 13+ 17% and intentional exposure of genitals 7%.

Women were much more likely to be victims of sexual offences then men (80%) and the peak age range for females was between 12 and 21 years. Male victims were commonly younger, with higher numbers seen between 6 and 15 years.

What we are prioritising over the next two years:

        • Work with the Police to develop missing and edge of care services –   co-location pilot – with particular focus on child exploitation.