Trends in recorded sexual assault
Crime facts info no. 105
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 2005
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Recorded crime - victims
annual publication, the rate of reported sexual assault has increased in the
period 1993-2003. In 1993 the rate was 69 recorded victims of sexual assault per
100,000 population; by 2003 the rate had steadily climbed to 92 reported victims
per 100,000 persons. This increase does not necessarily reflect an increase in
the prevalence of sexual assault, but is likely to be influenced by an increase
in reporting incidents to police. Victimisation surveys such as the ABS National
Crime and Safety Survey and the Australian component of the International
Violence Against Women Survey suggest that between 12 and 20 per cent of sexual
assaults against women are reported to police - a reporting rate lower than for
other major crime categories. In 2003, the last year for which ABS data are
available, 82 per cent of recorded sexual assault victims were female.
Recorded victims of sexual assault, rate per 100,000 population, 1993-2003
SOURCE: Australian Bureau of Statistics. Recorded crime - victims, Australia. Cat. no. 4510.0. Canberra: ABS.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2003. Crime and safety 2002, Australia. Cat. no. 4509.0. Canberra: ABS.
- Mouzos J and Makkai T 2004. Women's experiences of male violence: findings from the Australian component of the International
Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS). Research and public policy series no. 56. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
Web version available at: http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/rpp/56/index.html