Child Sex Attacks In Britain
According to the DailyMail, a child is raped every 20 minutes within the United Kingdom. Equivalent to 444 attacks a week, according to shocking police figures released. About 23,000 children were reported victims in England and Wales during 2010/11 but fewer than 10 per cent of cases ended in a conviction. There were 4,973 alleged victims aged ten and under, including 1,472 younger than six.
The statistics, obtained by the NSPCC in a freedom of information request, cover rape, incest and child prostitution across all 43 police forces in England and Wales – the figures shown on this map include sex offences against boys and girls in 2011 And six times as many reported offences were committed against girls as against boys. The statistics, obtained by the NSPCC in a freedom of information request, cover rape, incest and child prostitution across all 43 police forces in England and Wales. The charity said a major effort was needed to protect children and boost conviction rates. More than a third of all sex crimes are committed against children, figures showed.
- Social worker, 45, jailed for nine years after subjecting his own stepchildren to a DECADE of abuse
- Schoolboy, 14, arrested after filming ‘pornographic video’ with girl, also 14, and posting it on Facebook
More than a third of all sex crimes are committed against children with more than 60 child sex offences reported to police every day. Overall, there were 54,982 sex offences last year, including 23,097 against children, the figures showed. Most of the children (14,819) were aged between 11 and 17, including 8,749 aged 13 to 15. Britain’s biggest force, the Metropolitan Police, received the highest number of reports (3,420), followed by the forces in Thames Valley (1,264) and West Yorkshire (1,170). Jon Brown, head of the NSPCC’s sexual abuse programme, said: ‘A concentrated effort has to be made if we are to start reducing this distressing level of offences, many of which are committed on extremely young and helpless children. ‘When you have a situation where more than 60 children are being sexually abused every day, something is very wrong.
Australian Research suggests that:
- Between 1 in 6 males are sexually abused before the age of 16.
- 1 in 4 females are sexually abused before the age of 16.
- Prevalence rates can vary, depending on the definition of sexual abuse used and the population participating in the research. For example, reported rates of male childhood sexual abuse range between 3 – 76%. This range takes into account various studies including;
- 3 – 17% – Systematic review of 55 studies between 2002-2009 from 24 countries not including Australia or New Zealand
- 8 – 30% – Various international studies, including a meta analysis of 22 countries
- 4 – 76% – Meta analysis of 166 studies of males sexually abused in childhood
- 3 – 29% – Analysis of 21 countries
- 4 – 31%- Australian study
Prevalence of sexual abuse of around the world
|Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica||40% – 54%|
|Bangladesh (Rural – Urban)||22% – 37%|
|Indonesia (Rural- Urban- Papua)||6% – 7% – 12%|
|Papua New Guinea (Bougainville)||32%|
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey 2005
|Relationship to the offending person||Male||Female|
|Abused by father or step father||6.2%||16.5%|
|Abused by male relative (not father or stepfather)||16.4%||35%|
|Abused by family friend||15.6%||16.5%|
|Abused by acquaintance, neighbour||16.2%||15.4%|
|Abused by someone known to them||27.3%||11%|
|Abused by a stranger||18.3%||8.6%|
The 2012 ABS Recorded Crimes – Victims’ Australia, highlights the age of offenders when they reported crimes of sexual assault/abuse in 2012.
Research suggests that:
- Over 30% of confirmed reports of child sexual abuse involve male victims.
- Most sexual abuse of males begins before puberty, typically around 10 years
- Boys younger than six are at greater risk of abuse by family and acquaintances
- Boys older than 12 years face an increased risk of abuse by strangers
- Risk of sexual assault declines for adult men relative to adult women
- Threats of force and physical harm increased with age and male perpetration
Sibling/adolescent perpetrated abuse
Research has shown that sibling incest has been estimated to be at least 5 times more prevalent than parent-child incest.
Female perpetrated sexual abuse
Female perpetrated sexual abuse is thought to be a relatively rare-phenomenon compared to male perpetrated sexual abuse, with research suggesting that 80% of male child sexual abuse is perpetrated by males. However, studies suggest approximately 2% of females and 20% of males are abused by a female. In relation to the sexual abuse of males by females research indicates that:
- Males are less likely to identify sexual contact they had with an adult woman, when they were a child, as sexual abuse.
- In over 90% of reported cases, females use persuasion rather than actual or threatened force when committing an offence of sexual abuse.
- Up to one third of boys who identify as being abused, say curiosity led to their participation in sexual contact with older females.
Comparing male and female experiences
The table below provides a useful snapshot of the prevalence and characteristics of sexual abuse of males and females taken from a large scale study published in 2005.
|Type of sexual abuse||Men % (n=7970)||Women % (n=9367)|
|Touched in a sexual way||13.2||22.5|
|Forced to touch an adult||8.1||7.9|
|Attempted sexual intercourse||7.3||8.6|
|Completed sexual intercourse||6.7||5.6|
|Any type of childhood sexual abuse||16.0||24.7|
Note: Although females are more likely to be sexually abused than males (24.7% to 16% respectively); in this study there are a higher number of males than females reporting ‘completed sexual intercourse’
|Sex of the perpetrator||Men % (n=7970)||Women % (n=9367)|
|Both male and female||18.3||3.6|
Child Molestation in the United Kingdom
‘No crimes’ and retractions of rape allegations incl. under 13’s:
Between 2008/09 and 2010/11, the Home Office collected data on a voluntary basis from