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Reports of Children Sexually Assaulting Children Between 2012-2016

Question

Please state the number of peer on peer sexual assaults reported to the police each year for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. - Please state the gender of the suspect and the victim. - Please state the age of the suspect and the victim.

Clarification received 13th June 2017:

By 'peer on peer' I am referring to children sexually assaulting other children.

In terms of their age, I am referring to children under the age of 16.

Answer

Please see the requested information in the tables below:

Year

Reports

2012

53

2013

70

2014

95

2015

99

2016

86

Total

403

 

Victim Gender

Offender Gender

Year

Female

Male

Total

Year

Female

Male

Unknown

Total

2012

46

7

53

2012

1

52

 

53

2013

57

9

66

2013

1

69

 

70

2014

76

15

91

2014

5

89

1

95

2015

72

23

95

2015

11

88

 

99

2016

62

21

83

2016

5

81

 

86

Total

313

75

388

Total

23

379

1

403

 

Victim Age

Year

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Total

2012

 

 

3

1

 

3

3

4

2

2

3

5

5

13

2

7

53

2013

 

1

1

3

4

 

2

2

4

3

7

7

16

6

5

5

66

2014

 

 

 

2

7

2

1

3

6

3

5

12

12

22

7

9

91

2015

1

 

5

5

3

1

2

7

2

5

12

13

14

7

15

3

95

2016

 

 

2

4

2

3

2

1

4

1

5

9

21

10

14

5

83

Total

1

1

11

15

16

9

10

17

18

14

32

46

68

58

43

29

388

Children under the age of ten are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of 'criminal responsibility' they cannot be charged with any criminal offence. No child under the age of ten shall be guilty of a crime; however they can still commit an offence which will be recorded. Please find details below concerning instances were a child under 10 has been believed to be responsible for or suspected of an offence. Information can be found on the Gov.uk website. I have provided a link for reference.

All reports of crimes made where the offender (if age known or otherwise) is under the age of 10 years must be recorded. It is a matter for Chief Officers to decide the extent to which any such report is investigated.

Offender/Suspect Age

Year

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Total

2012

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

4

7

6

9

20

5

53

2013

1

 

1

 

3

1

1

2

1

5

11

11

13

20

70

2014

 

 

 

3

1

1

3

 

10

6

19

22

20

10

95

2015

 

1

 

3

2

3

2

2

10

12

17

19

15

13

99

2016

 

 

1

2

1

1

2

2

 

15

15

10

20

17

86

Total

2

1

2

8

7

7

8

6

25

45

68

71

88

65

403

FOI reference: 707/17.

Date of request: 02.06.17.