It is estimated that 8 out of 10 sexual offences remain unreported
In the 12 months to September 2010, there were 55,169 sexual offences recorded, an increase of 7% on the previous 12 months.
Sexual offences were the only type of crime that rose over this period.
The greatest cost to society of sexual offending is the emotional and physical impact on victims. Sexual offences also have a heavy financial burden. The average cost of a sexual offence has been estimated at £31,348.
In the UK, we only spend around £2 on defensive expenditure per incident in the anticipation of sexual offences. In comparison, some £70 is spent on average per incident in the anticipation of vehicle theft.
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
Systems don't safeguard children...what does safeguard them is people being alert and vigilant.
Anne-Marie Carre, Chief Executive, Barnados (BBC Today program, 11 February 2011