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Sexual Assaults and Rapes (1482A/22)


I am requesting the following data for the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22:

a) Total number of sexual assaults* and rapes^, broken down by offence type

b) For each offence, partial post-code data (e.g. B4) of where the sexual assault took place

* ‘Sexual Assault’ to only include; Assault on a female by penetration, Assault on a male by penetration, Sexual assault on a female and Sexual assault on a male

^ ‘Rape’ to only include; Attempted rape of a female aged 16 or over, Attempted rape of a male aged 16 or over, Rape of a female aged 16 or over and Rape of a male aged 16 or over


Please find attached (1482A_22_attachment.pdf).

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.