Millions of adults in the United Kingdom were sexually assaulted. The Crime Survey revealed this for England and Wales (CSEW) in its March 2020 report.
According to the CSEW, an estimated 1.6 million adults aged 16 to 74 years were raped or experienced penetration since the age of 16 years. Of this number, sexual and physical abuse solicitors said that almost half (49%) were victimised more than once, and their partner or ex-partner assaulted more than four in 10 (44%).
Nearly one in 10 (9%) of the attacks occurred on the street, in a car park, park, or other open public spaces. Over one-third, (37%) of the assaults happened at the victim’s home, according to the CSEW.
Sadly, fewer than one in six (16%) reported this to the police, according to sexual and physical abuse solicitors. Those who confided to other people said they avoided the police because of embarrassment (40%). Others (38%) believed the police could not help, while 34% wanted to avoid humiliation.
Over half (54%) of the victims said the perpetrator forced them to have sex, while 6% said they were threatened with death.
Statistics regarding physical abuse are equally bleak; The CSEW said an estimated 7.6% of adults aged 18 to 74 experienced this before 16. This amounts to 3.1 million people.
Research showed that the crime was often committed by the child’s parent(s). Fathers were blamed in four out of 10 cases, while their mothers abused around three in 10.
The CSEW added that physical abuse is the only type of child abuse that affects both men and women equally.
In the year ending March 2019, 117,617 cases of child physical abuse were recorded by the UK police.
If you have been sexually or physically abused, report this criminal offence immediately. This is a personal injury case that can affect you physically and psychologically; because of this, you may be compensated for your suffering or loss of earnings resulting from your inability to work.
For help, consult the professional physical and sexual abuse lawyers of Deo Volente (DV) Solicitors in Bedford, UK. We sympathise with your plight and are ready to help you get back on your feet.
Try our No Win-No Fee service, which means you will not have to pay the costs of the case if you lose your claim, and you will only be charged for the disbursements, should they be required. Rest assured that your cases will be treated confidentially.
For more information, visit DV Solicitors, call 01234 350 244, or email [email protected].