Here are some key statistics about sexual violence:


  • Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that's roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour
  • Nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year
  • 1 in 5 women aged 16 - 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16
  • Only around 15% of those who experience sexual violence choose to report to the police
  • Approximately 90% of those who are raped know the perpetrator prior to the offence

These figures come from An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales, the first ever joint official statistics bulletin on sexual violence released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office in January 2013.


Download the full report, a summary and/or the data tables for more information.


As well as this:


  • 31% of young women aged 18-24 report having experienced sexual abuse in childhood (NSPCC, 2011) 
  • In 2012-13, 22,654 sexual offences against under-18s were reported to police in England and Wales with four out of five cases involving girls (NSPCC, 2014)
  • Most women in the UK do not have access to a Rape Crisis Centre (Map of Gaps, 2007)
  • A third of people believe women who flirt are partially responsible for being raped (Amnesty, 2005)
  • Conviction rates for rape are far lower than other crimes, with only 5.7% of reported rape cases ending in a conviction for the perpetrator. (Kelly, Lovett and Regan, A gap or a chasm? Attrition in reported rape cases, 2005)

Rape Crisis England & Wales headline statistics 2014-15:

  • Rape Crisis member organisations across England and Wales responded to 165,000 helpline calls in the 12 months to 31st March 2015, an average over 3,000 a week
  • Over 50,000 individuals received an on-going Rape Crisis service(s), an increase of 50% over the last two years
  • Rape Crisis members provided in excess of 300,000 sessions of specialist support, including advocacy, emotional support, counselling
  • 94 per cent of all service users were female.
  • Three-quarters of all adult service users contacted Rape Crisis about sexual violence that occurred at least 12 months earlier; 47% were adult survivors of child sexual abuse
  • Over half of the individuals that contact Rape Crisis prefer to self-refer, a pattern which has remained consistent over the past five years and continues to demonstrate the necessity for funded independent services
  • Where age is known, those aged under 24 represented 25% of service users and 1,500 were aged 15 or under
  • Where ethnicity is known, 23% of Rape Crisis services users were black or minority ethnic
  • The Rape Crisis England & Wales website received nearly 12 million hits during the year; there was an average of 36,631 unique visitors to the site per month, up 23% from 2013-14
  • Whilst the use of email support by service users has increased by 45% over the last 12 months there has been a loss of advocacy services due to local commissioning processes


Other useful sources of statistical data relating to sexual violence and violence against women and girls include:


End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW)

Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University

Ministry of Justice

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Home Office

Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly the British Crime Survey)

Office for National Statistics (ONS)