In a report by the Ministry of Justice, it is revealed that the majority of 23,000 sexual violence incidents reported to police during the past five years were experienced by children or young people. The report also reveals that for every 100 sexual violence incidents reported to the police, only 31 made it to court, 11 resulted in a conviction and six in imprisonment. The report analysed 23,739 incidents that were reported between July 2014 and June 2018. The figures will now be updated annually.
The majority of victims were females and the incidents involved someone they knew. About 55 per cent were for indecent assault offences and 43 per cent were for sexual violation (including rape). Indecent assault – any unwanted or forced sex act or behaviour – was reported by 67 per cent of victims aged 17 years and under.