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Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Sexual violence is a serious problem in our society: A representative survey among 14- to 90-year-old persons (Häuser et.al. 2011) shows: More than every tenth and/or every tenth person was sexually abused in his or her childhood and youth. Other surveys (Wetzel 1997, Bieneck et al. 2011) with respondents of different age groups (16 to 59 years and/or 16 to 39 years) start out from an offence rate between six and sixteen percent. Representative surveys on sexual violence against girls and women with disabilities and handicaps (age group 15 to 65 years) indicate that these are exposed to sexual abuse in their childhood and youth twice or even three times more than the average female population (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth - BMFSFJ - 2012).

According to the police criminal statistics, the cases of sexual abuse of children (Sections 176, 176a, 176b of the German Criminal Code) has slightly increased over the past two years, having noted that in 2009 the lowest figure since 1993 (11,319 cases) had been registered. In 2011 the number of registered cases amounted to 12,444 and in 2012 there were 12,623 cases. However, the police statistics only register the recorded crime, that means the criminal offences which have been reported to and finalized by the police. But in this category of offence, one starts out from a very high rate of undetected crime, i.e. criminal offences which did not come to the knowledge of the police. The above surveys furnish proof of this.

Against the background of extensive public discussions during the past few years about various scandals at public institutions and the Federal Government’s reaction and activities within the scope of the Round Table against Sexual Abuse, criminologists are expecting an increased awareness of these cases and thus also more reports to the police and, consequently, a better discovery of undetected crimes in the field of sexual offences. Thus, the rise in cases reported to the police may also be triggered by the increased awareness of the population and does not necessarily mean a higher absolute number of offences involving sexual abuse of children.

According to the police crime statistics, more than half of all reported cases occur among relatives or within the immediate social environment. The majority of affected persons in these cases are girls. Moreover, incidences occur in institutions.

Accurate statistics and representative surveys on how many cases of sexual abuse exist in which areas are largely missing. The extent of sexual violence is examined in a representative survey which is carried out by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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