Are we living in an age of Rape Culture?

Analysis from 2018 UK Crime Survey Says a bare minimum of 1 out of every 5 women have suffered Sexual Assault with police records rising as much 50% since 2005.

(Graph Source:  BBC)

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The latest report from Crime Survey England and Wales says at bare minimum everyone out five women has experienced some type of sexual assault.

Findings released show that more than 510,000, around 3.1% of all women between the ages of 16-59 had experienced some type of sexual assault in the last year. and Females are 5 times more likely to experience unwanted touching or indecent exposure then males.

The Crime Survey used by the Office for National Statistics said that little change had occurred since a report back in 2005 and that as much as 80% of sexual assault incidents were not reported to the police by the victims. However police records say Crimes to do with sexual assault have doubled since then.

The annual report from the ONS on Violent crime shows that people aged 16-24 are nine times more likely to die from knife crime. This is the highest number over the last nine years since 2008-9. There were 61 fatal stabbings in the year up until March 2017.

They also estimated that in the past year 7.5% (1.2 million) of women and 4.3% (713,000) have been subjected to some type of domestic within the past year. Furthermore, the report shows that an estimated 26% (4.3 million) women and 15% (2.4 million) men had gone through some type of domestic abuse from the age of 16.

More results from the analysis estimated that over 443,000 women had at least experienced one occasion of sexual assault which involved indecent exposure or some form of unwanted touching in the 12 months leading up to March 2017. It is estimated that 144,000 experienced rape, assault by penetration or attempted rape.

Findings from the crime survey show that up 138,000 men had experienced sexual assault of some type within the last year and 646,000 had encountered sexual assault of some kind from the age of 16. There were more instances which involved unwanted sexual gestures such as indecent exposure and touching than there were rape or assault by penetration.


These figures were publicized after the highly publicized and numerous sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other high profile individuals. They show that women are much more at risk of sexual assault then men.

Lower than 4% of men have been the victims of sexual assault in their adult years. This means that females have a 5% more chance of encountering this crime.

Figures recorded by the police show that the number of sexual offences reported in the year up to March 2017 were 121,187. This is representative of an increase of 14% in the number of sexual offences the police recorded previously. The ONS says the increase is a result of an improvement in how they record reports. However a very high number of cases go under-reported.

The Guardian reported “The ONS said the crime survey is its preferred measure of trends in the prevalence of violent crime as it is unaffected by changes in police practices, recording practices or the willingness of victims to report attacks

Statistically there was no significant changes from the estimated 1.2m incidents of violent crime for the year ending March 2017 from the previous one. However, police records on homicide figures covered by the crime survey show 709 killings which is an 8% rise in.

Half of women murdered last year in homicide cases (82 women) were killed by their spouse, partner or ex-partner. Whilst only 3% of men killed in homicide cases were murdered by their significant other half or ex-partner.

John Flatley, a representative of the ONS said “The data shows the complexity of measuring crime in all its different forms. Even offences under the heading of violence ‘vary enormously, from minor assaults such as pushing and shoving to homicide. We need to be careful that our perceptions and understanding of crime levels are shaped by appropriate data, and not overgeneralized.”

Analysts say that the two main sources of figures of criminal data come from Police-recorded crime data and the crime Survey. The experts say that the two sources often suggest different numbers and trends and that careful consideration should be made when being used to draw answers.

Source: News Agencies

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