The penetrative offence in section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003:Offenders, victims, and outcomes after detection

Weare, Siobhan (2020) The penetrative offence in section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003:Offenders, victims, and outcomes after detection. British Journal of Criminology, 60 (4). pp. 930-948. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Extensive research exists in relation to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, in particular rape and assault by penetration, the two most serious offences involving non-consensual sexual penetration of the victim. However, the other penetrative offence, causing a person to engage in (penetrative) sexual activity without consent, found in section 4 of the Act, has, to date, been excluded from national statistics and research. This article analyses novel data relating to the section 4 penetrative offence, collected using freedom of information requests, from 37 police forces in England and Wales over a 13-year period. The data explores victim and offender demographics and outcomes after detection. The findings challenge understandings around who the victims and perpetrators of penetrative sexual offences are.

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Journal Article
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British Journal of Criminology
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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Siobhan Weare, The Penetrative Offence in Section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003: Offenders, Victims, and Outcomes After Detection, The British Journal of Criminology, 60 (4), azz084, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azz084 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/bjc/article-abstract/60/4/930/5703032
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10 Dec 2019 13:55
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26 Jul 2020 23:59