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It is estimated that 8 out of 10 sexual offences remain unreported.

According to Office for National Statistics figures, in the 12 months to March 2015, there were 88,219 sexual offences recorded, an increase of 37% on the previous year and the highest number ever recorded.

Home Office research in 2005 estimated the financial burden of sexual offences on both individuals and society to be £31,348. Roughly two-thirds of this cost was made up by the emotional and physical impact on victims. Only £3 of this cost was made up of defensive expenditure per incident in the anticipation of sexual offences. In comparison, some £546 is spent on average per incident in the anticipation of vehicle theft (a crime which has a total estimated cost of around £4,138). See The economic and social costs of crime against individuals and households 2003/04 for more details of this research.

Sexual offending is not just a problem for the criminal justice system to deal with. Everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce sexual offending: security staff in shopping centres, attendants at a local swimming pool, and care workers at a housing association are just some of the groups of people we've trained to help to prevent sexual offences taking place.

We work by:

  • Raising awareness of sexual offending to enhance safeguarding knowledge and skills of frontline staff in appropriate environments.
  • Increasing the supply of intelligence around risky sexual behaviour to assist agencies managing sex offenders in the community.
  • Developing and implementing prevention schemes to help reduce the number of victims of sexual offences and the cost of sexual offending to society.
  • Looking for opportunities to research and develop innovative solutions to the problems posed by sex offenders in the community.
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