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Sexual Offences against Children

Baroness Lockwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Tables containing the available information for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been placed in the Library. It should be noted that for England and Wales and Scotland it is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is aged 16 years or under.

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Table A1: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(1) by sex, type of offence and result, England and Wales, 1993

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(2) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F293 1135 1135 17 --4 --12 --106 --6 1
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F15 --20 --20 --4 ---- --5 --10 --1 --
Indecent assault on male person under 16 yearsM F419 13287 6289 614 --6 --94 3152 323 --
Indecent assault on a female under 16M F1,877 191,193 121,193 1258 --31 --440 7609 455 1
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13M F97 --76 --76 --4 ---- --21 --50 --1 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F187 2169 1171 137 --20 158 --55 --1 --
Incest with a girl under 13M F52 --50 150 1-- ---- --3 144 --3 --
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourseM F2 --2 --3 ---- ---- --2 --1 ---- --
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F8 --6 --6 ---- --4 ---- --2 ---- --
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.M F-- ---- 1-- 1-- ---- ---- 1-- ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 16M F13 --6 --6 --1 ---- --1 --3 --1 --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 18M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and underM F100 275 575 5-- 12 --37 135 31 --
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and underM F155 --121 2119 29 --2 --49 154 15 --
TotalM F3,218 372,140 292,143 29134 169 1722 141,121 1197 2

M = Males.

F = Females.

(1) It is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is aged 16 or under.

(2) Includes persons proceeded against in earlier years or for other offences.


Table A2: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(3) by sex, type of offences and result, England and Wales, 1994

Offence description Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(4) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F342 3133 2133 29 --4 --19 --93 28 --
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F21 --16 --16 --1 ---- --1 --12 --2 --
Indecent assault on male person under 16 yearsM F430 19316 8316 812 21 --123 3170 210 1
Indecent assault on a female under 16M F2,019 171,350 51,344 597 -29 --500 1654 364 1
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13M F88 --64 --65 --2 --1 --22 --36 --4 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F202 --205 --204 --38 --14 --81 --64 --7 --
Incest with a girl under 13M F40 135 --35 ---- ---- --9 --25 --1 --
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourseM F5 --4 --4 ---- ---- ---- --4 ---- --
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16 M F-- --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.M F-- 1-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 16M F23 48 18 1-- ---- --2 --5 11 --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 18M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and underM F85 274 374 35 ---- --33 232 14 --
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and underM F127 2111 1109 15 --3 --47 146 --8 --
TotalM F3,382 492,321 202,310 20169 252 --837 71,143 9109 2

M = Males.

F = Females.

(3) It is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is aged 16 or under.

(4) Includes persons proceeded against in earlier years or for other offences.


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Table A3: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(8) by sex, type of offence and result, England and Wales, 1995

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(9) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F124 186 --86 --2 ---- --5 --75 --4 --
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F6 --14 --14 ---- ---- --3 --11 ---- --
Buggery by a male of a male under 16(5)M F48 --29 --29 ---- ---- --1 --28 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged 16 or 17(5)M F1 --2 --2 ---- ---- --1 --1 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged 16 or 17(5) M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Buggery by a male with a female under 16(5)M F25 --7 --7 --1 ---- --2 --4 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a female aged 16 or 17(5)M F2 --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a female aged 16 or 17(5)M F-- --1 --1 ---- ---- ---- --1 ---- --
Indecent assault on male person under 16 yearsM F392 8331 8329 816 25 --94 4203 111 1
Gross indecency by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged under 18(6)M F10 --11 --11 --1 --2 --2 --4 --2 --
Gross indecency by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged under 18(6)M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Rape of a female aged under 16(7)M F330 6111 2111 2-- ---- --4 194 113 --
Rape of a male aged under 16(7)M F18 --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --1 --1 --
Attempted rape of a female aged under 16(7)M F32 --21 --21 ---- ---- --2 --16 --3 --
Attempted rape of a male aged under 16(7)M F-- --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Indecent assault on a female under 16M F1,787 101,440 61,444 683 123 --441 2823 374 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13M F77 --81 --81 --4 ---- --21 --54 --2 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F195 --203 --203 --39 --12 --67 --85 ---- --
Incest with a girl under 13M F22 --21 --21 ---- ---- --6 --12 --3 --
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourseM F3 --5 --4 ---- ---- --2 --2 ---- --
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F3 12 12 11 ---- ---- --1 1-- --


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Table A3: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(8) by sex, type of offence and results, England and Wales, 1995 (continued)

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(9) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.M F-- --2 12 11 ---- -- -- --1 1 -- --
Male aged 21 or over procuring or attempting to procure a male under 18 of gross indecency with another male(7)M F1 --2 --2 ---- ---- --1 --1 ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 16M F11 --6 --6 ---- ---- --1 --5 ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 18M F-- 11 --1 ---- ---- ---- ---- --1 --
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and underM F62 --56 --57 --1 --3 --25 --28 ---- --
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and underM F105 498 199 12 --1 --36 --57 13 --
TotalM F3,254 312,536 192,539 19151 346 --714 71,511 8117 1

(5) Buggery and attempted buggery offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 143.

(6) Indecency between males offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 144.

(7) Rape and attempted rape offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 1 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 142.

(8) It is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is aged 16 years or under.

(9) Includes persons proceeded against in earlier years or for other offences.

M = Males.

F = Females.


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Table A4: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(13) by sex, type of offence and result, England and Wales, 1996

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(14) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F16 --5 --5 ---- ---- ---- --5 ---- --
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animalM F3 --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Buggery by a male of a male under 16(10)M F66 --66 --66 ---- ---- --4 --62 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged 16 or 17(10)M F2 --3 --3 ---- ---- ---- --3 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged 16 or 17(10)M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Buggery by a male with a female under 16(10)M F26 --17 --17 ---- ---- --2 --14 --1 --
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a female aged 16 or 17(10)M F-- --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a female aged 16 or 17(10)M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Indecent assault on male person under 16 yearsM F315 10349 6348 68 16 --109 4213 112 --
Gross indecency by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged under 18(11)M F9 --11 --11 ---- --1 --6 --4 ---- --
Gross indecency by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged under 18(11)M F1 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Rape of a female aged under 16(12)M F474 3209 1208 11 ---- --4 --185 118 --
Rape of a male aged under 16(12)M F19 113 --13 ---- ---- --1 --4 --8 --
Attempted rape of a female aged under 16(12)M F43 135 --35 ---- ---- --2 --27 --6 --
Attempted rape of a male aged under 16(12)M F4 --2 --2 ---- ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Indecent assault on a female under 16M F1,587 171,590 71,577 761 134 --493 2911 378 1
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13M F40 --54 --54 --2 ---- --13 --35 --4 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F164 --207 --210 --20 --20 --76 --86 --8 --
Incest with a girl under 13M F26 --19 --19 ---- ---- --1 --18 ---- --
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourseM F2 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F2 2-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --

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Table A4: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(13) by sex, type of offence and result, England and Wales, 1996 (continued)

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(14) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.M F-- 2-- 1-- 1-- ---- ---- 1-- ---- --
Male aged 21 or over procuring or attempting to procure a male under 18 of gross indecency with another male(12)M F-- --3 --3 ---- ---- --1 --2 ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 16M F9 --3 --3 ---- ---- --1 --1 --1 --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 18M F1 --1 --1 ---- ---- ---- --1 ---- --
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and underM F60 153 --52 --3 --1 --25 --20 --3 --
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and underM F96 1108 1109 11 ---- --45 --58 --5 --
TotalM F2,965 382,752 162,740 1696 262 --783 81,655 5144 1

(10) Buggery and attempted buggery offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 143.

(11) Indecency between males offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 144.

(12) Rape and attempted rape offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 1 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 142.

(13) It is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is aged 16 years or under.

(14) Includes persons proceeded against in earlier years or for other offences.

M = Males.

F = Females.


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Table A5: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(18) by sex, and type of offence and result, England and Wales, 1997(p)

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(19) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Buggery by a male of a male under 16(15)M F106 170 --70 ---- --1 --1 --67 --1 --
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged 16 or 17(15)M F6 --6 --6 ---- --1 --1 --4 ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged 16 or 17(15)M F3 --1 --1 --1 ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Buggery by a male with a female under 16(15)M F34 121 221 --1 ---- --1 --18 --1 --
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a female aged 16 or 17(15)M F1 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a female aged 16 or 17(15)M F1 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Indecent assault on male person under 16 yearsM F355 18353 10343 109 22 --111 3208 213 3
Gross indecency by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged under 18(16)M F30 --17 --16 --2 --7 --3 --4 ---- --
Gross indecency by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged under 18(16)M F3 --2 --2 ---- -- 1 --1 ---- ---- --
Rape of a female aged under 16(17)M F581 11198 --198 ---- -- -- --7 --173 --18 --
Rape of a male aged under 16(17)M F45 --24 --23 ---- ---- ---- --18 --5 --
Attempted rape of a female aged under 16(17)M F74 --52 152 ---- ---- --3 --45 --4 --
Attempted rape of a male aged under 16(17)M F5 --5 --5 ---- ---- ---- --5 ---- --
Indecent assault on a female under 16M F1,627 121,621 61,581 659 340 --492 --910 380 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13M F 40 --44 --44 --1 ---- --12 --30 --1 --
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F153 --199 --198 --26 --6 --70 --86 --10 --
Incest with a girl under 13M F14 --19 --19 ---- ---- --2 --15 --2 --
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourseM F7 --3 --3 --1 ---- ---- --2 ---- --
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16M F2 11 11 --1 ---- ---- ---- ---- --


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Table A5: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates' courts and convicted at all courts for sexual offences against children(18) by sex, and type of offence and result, England and Wales, 1997(p)

Offence Sex Total prosecutedTotal found guilty(19) Total sentenced Discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody Other
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.M F-- --1 --1 ---- ---- ---- --1 ---- --
Male aged 21 or over procuring or attempting to procure a male under 18 of gross indecency with another male(17)M F6 --6 --6 ---- ---- --1 --5 ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 16M F6 ---- 1-- 1-- ---- ---- 1-- ---- --
Abduction of unmarried girl under 18M F-- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- --
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and underM F61 255 154 11 --1 --25 --24 13 --
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and underM F105 4110 1111 15 ---- --42 --60 14 --
TotalM F3,265 502,808 232,756 19107 559 --773 41,675 7142 3

(p) = provisional.

(15) Buggery and attempted buggery offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 143.

(16) Indecency between males offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 144.

(17) Rape and attempted rape offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 1 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 142.

(18) It is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is aged 16 years or under.

(19) Includes persons proceeded against in earlier years or for other offences.

M = Males.

F = Females.


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Table B: Persons proceeded against where the main offence was child sexual abuse(20) in Scotland 1992-1996

Outcome of proceedings
Year of sentence CrimeCharge not proved(21) CustodyCommunity sentence(22) Fine Other(23) Total
1992Sexual intercourse with a girl under 13--52----7
Sexual intercourse with a girl under 1612517122672
Handling obscene material1--13--5
Lewd and libidinous practices3366651513192
Total4676853039276
1993Sexual intercourse with a girl under 13--332--8
Sexual intercourse with a girl under 1614317181668
Handling obscene material------------
Lewd and libidinous practices295974169187
Total4365943625263
1994Sexual intercourse with a girl under 13----3----3
Sexual intercourse with a girl under 1671117261778
Handling obscene material----11--2
Lewd and libidinous practices4896641711236
Total55107854428319
1995Sexual intercourse with a girl under 13--41--16
Sexual intercourse with a girl under 1681117131059
Handling obscene material12--1--4
Lewd and libidinous practices369450139202
Total45111682720271
1996Sexual intercourse with a girl under 133241--10
Sexual intercourse with a girl under 1691419151168
Handling obscene material3----7--10
Lewd and libidinous practices39944967195
Total54110722918283

(20) It is impossible to identify all of the cases where children are involved because the Scottish Office Home Department's classification of crimes and offences does not contain information on the victims of crime. The above table contains crimes within the classification which by definition involve children.

(21) Charge not proved includes proceedings dropped or halted, plea not guilty accepted or deserted, acquitted not guilty and acquitted not proven.

(22) Community sentence includes probation and community service orders.

(23) Other includes admonition or caution, absolute discharge, compensation orders, insanity, hospital and guardianship orders and remits to children's hearings.


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Table C: Adults prosecuted/convicted of sexual offences against children, Northern Ireland, 1993-1997

Disposal
Year OffenceNumber prosecuted (24)Number convicted (25)Immediate custodySuspended custodyCommunity supervision FineConditional discharge
1993Gross indecency with a child114211----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 1432--11----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17872221--
Taking indecent photographs of a child--1----1----
Total22144451--
1994Gross indecency with a child1173--4----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14443----1--
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17141625531
Total292785941
1995Gross indecency with a child88422----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 1433--12----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17191625315
Total302768715
1996Gross indecency with a child871222--
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 1423111----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17109152--1
Distributing indecent photographs of a child11--1------
Possessing indecent photographs of a child11----1----
Total222139621
1997Gross indecency with a child32--11----
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 1424111--1
Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 1777213--1
Possessing indecent photographs of a child11------1--
Total131433512

Note:

All offenders were males and all victims were aged 16 years or under.

(24) Magistrates courts only.

(25) All courts (magistrates and the Crown Court).


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