SEXUAL VIOLENCE; THE FACTS
Sexual violence has been defined as any unwanted sexual act or activity (Rape Crisis, 2019).
Sexual violence can be committed in various forms, these include rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, rape within marriage or relationship, forced marriage, trafficking and female genital mutilation.
Approximately 90% of sexual offences know the perpetrator , friend, family, colleague, neighbour, partner/ ex-partner. There is no excuse for any sexual violence!
Blame lies 100% with the perpetrator and no- one deserves or asks for it to happen.
On average 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped every year in England and Wales (Rape Crisis, 2019).
20% of women and 4% of men have experienced some type of sexual assault since the age of 16, equivalent to 3.4 million female and 631,000 male victims (Rape Crisis, 2019).
More than one in ten women and 3% of men in England & Wales were sexually assaulted during childhood (ONS Crime Survey for England + Wales, March 2016).