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Data supplied by 24 police forces, as recorded by the police, showed that females aged 10 to 24 years were “disproportionately” more likely to be victims of sexual abuses and a total of 162,936 sexual offences were recorded by police in England and Wales in the year ending March 2020.
84% of sexually-abused females in the UK fail to report sexual harassment to police; 33% were not up to 15 years of age; 24.1% of police-recorded sexual offences were against schoolgirls, aged 10 to 14 and 90% of victims of rape offences were female.
Not Fewer than 84% of sexually-abused female victims in England and Wales, UK fail to report the sexual harassment to the police, according to a media report in the wake of the rape and murder of Sarah Everard in March which prompted a national debate over women’s safety, sexual violence and the response of police and prosecutors. Protesters held placards during a demonstration against sexual harassment and assault in central London in April 2021.
According to a BBC report, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that 4.9 million women had been victims of sexual assault in their lives. This included 1.4 million who had been raped or had faced attempted rape in the year ending March 2020 and about 989,000 men had experienced sexual assault, including 87,000 victims of rape or assaulted rape.
The analyzed data as reported by Guardian News also revealed that about 33% of the sexually-harassed female victims were not up to 15 years of age and the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 24.1% of police recorded sexual offences were against schoolgirls, aged 10 to 14, a group that accounts for 5.7% of the population.
The analysis, published recently is based on data on sexual offences from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime from the Home Office.
An exclusive look at the data in the Guardian and reported by Global Citizen revealed that 96% of women did not report the incidents, with 45% saying they didn’t think reporting it would make any difference.
The ONS estimated that about 16% of females aged 16 to 59 surveyed in the year to March 2020, who had been victims of sexual assault by rape or penetration since the age of 16, had reported it to the police, the ONS said. For the year ending March 2020, 773,000 adults aged 16 to 74 were victims of sexual assault, including attempts.
The survey from UN Women UK, published March 10, 2021, found that almost all young women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment, and most don’t believe it gets dealt with.
A poll of over 1,000 women, conducted through YouGov, and reported by Open Access Government, found that 97% of women aged 18-24 revealed they had faced harassment, 80% of which took place in public.
The UK Agency also hinted that 90% of victims of rape offences recorded by the police were female compared to 10% male.
Helen Ross, from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, said that no less than one in six victims of rape or assault by penetration reported the crime to the police.
The ONS said that the prevalence of sexual assault experienced in 2020 for adults aged 16 to 74 years at 1.8% was significantly lower compared with the year ending March 2019 at 2.4%, but that was not an indication that the decrease in the latest year was the beginning of a downward trend or another fluctuation rather might be a reflection of the diminishing impact of recording improvements.
The ONS added that preceding this decrease, the number of sexual abuses recorded by police had almost tripled in recent years and the current estimate is similar to levels seen over much of the last 15 years.
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