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Rape and sexual offences (R012571)

Rape and sexual offences (R012571)

Thank you for your recent e-mails and in particular your original request dated 2 March 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:



1) How many reported sexual offences lead to a conviction in 2015?

2) How many rapes reported to police lead to a conviction in 2015?

3) How many sexual assaults by penetration were reported in 2015 and how many of these lead to a conviction?

4) In 2015, how many reported sexual offences, that lead to a criminal trial, were closed as the victim no longer wished to proceed with the prosecution?


In answer to questions 1 and 2, I would refer you to the Scottish Government website as they provide the necessary conviction statistics.  The link for this is below:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubCriminalProceedings


In relation to question 3, I attach a table which details the numbers.

In relation to question 4, I would advise that for financial year 2014-15 there were 8 cases in total where the victim no longer wished to proceed with the prosecution.

Please be aware that all the information provided is based on charges reported in 2014-15.  I appreciate that you were looking for information on cases concluded in 2015, however, it would be extremely difficult to provide this information as cases could for example be subject to an appeal, a case could be re-opened, charges could be closed for subjects but there could still be open charges where there were multiple accused etc .