“Sexual Assault Victims Rise for 12th Consecutive Year in Australia”

Australia, Police

Article: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has reported a chilling 11 per cent increase in sexual assault victim-survivors recorded by police in 2023, marking a disturbing trend of annual rises for the past twelve years.

According to the data, 36,318 victim-survivors were documented, with an escalation observed across almost all states and territories.

Adjusting for population growth, the rate of recorded sexual assault victim-survivors has jumped from 126 to 136 per 100,000 people, the highest recorded rate in the ABS’s 31-year dataset.

The majority of victim-survivors were female (84 per cent), with the most affected age group being adolescents between 10 and 17 years old (41 per cent).

Most sexual assaults took place in a residential location (69 per cent), and were reported to police within a year.

Alarmingly, family and domestic violence-related sexual assaults accounted for almost two in five (39 per cent) of all reported sexual assaults, with 14,059 victim-survivors affected.

These statistics underscore an urgent need for more robust support systems and preventative measures to combat the prevalence of sexual assault and ensure the safety of all Australians, particularly women and young people.

To learn more, consult the Recorded Crime – Victims data, available for free download from the ABS website.