Online Image Complaints (3321_17)

Request

The number of complainants each year for the past five years (2011-2016) aged 18 or under, who have reported that an explicit image or video of them has been shared or circulated without their consent.
Of these figures, how many of the complainants were men and how many were women?

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
Date recorded between 1st Jan 2011 and 31st December 2016. Victim age under 18, Offence Distribute Indecent Photo of Child or Possess Indecent Photo Child Distribution, Home office code 086 02.                                                                                          2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Number of Complainants Under 18 years old      4       8        6      12      32     35
Number of Female Complainants Under 18 years old  2       4        6       11      28     33
Number of Male Complainants Under 18 years old      2       4       0        1         4       2

Please see all offences where the complainant has reported an image/video has been distributed. We are unable to identify if consent has been provided as this is not always stated within the summary Details of the Crime.

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