Sexual Offences

Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Secretary of State (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a (a) caution, (b) suspended prison sentence, (c) community sentence and (d) conditional or absolute discharge for (i) rape, (ii) sexual assault and (iii) sexual activity with a child in 2008.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The requested information is shown in the following table.

The data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed, where the same sentence is imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Sentences for rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child, 2008
Number
Rape( 1)
Caution 36
Discharge 1
Community sentence 32
Suspended sentence 3
Immediate custody 865
Total sentenced 919
Sexual assault( 2)
Caution 728
Discharge 63
Community sentence 640
Suspended sentence 207
Immediate custody 1,122
Total sentenced 2,113
Sexual activity with a child( 3)
Caution 396
Discharge 15
Community sentence 246
Suspended sentence 92
Immediate custody 572
Total sentenced 931
(1) Includes rape and attempted rape of a female/male over 16, under 16 and under 13

(2) Includes Assault on a female/male by penetration, assault on a female/male under 13 by penetration, sexual assault on a female/male, and sexual assault on a female/male under 13

(3) Includes offences under S.4, S.8, S.9, S.10, S.11 and S.12 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Does not include familial sexual offences under S.25 and S.26

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