Statistics

 

Sexual Violence in New Zealand

In New Zealand there are an estimates 186,000 sexual violence offences committed against adults per year (New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey, Ministry of Justice, 2014).

Only 7% of sexual violence offences against adults are reported to New Zealand Police (New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey, Ministry of Justice, 2009 [not collated in 2014 survey]).

24% of women, and 6% of men, will experience high-end sexual violence in their lifetime. (New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey, Ministry of Justice, 2014).

 

Alcohol and Sexual Violence

Half of all perpetrators and half of all victims report consuming alcohol leading up to a sexual assault (Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence, New Zealand).

The relationship between alcohol and sexual violence is multifaceted; the consumption of alcohol can contribute to both aggressions on part of the perpetrator, while also contributing to the vulnerability of potential victims of sexual violence (Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence ‘What Works in Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, 2009).

Consuming alcohol can reduce people’s ability to interpret warning signs and adversely affect risk perception, placing them at a greater risk of becoming a victim of any form of violence (World Health Organization, Global Campaign for Violence Prevention ‘Preventing Sexual Violence in Nightlife Environments’).

 

Young People

One in five female secondary school students say they have had unwanted sexual contact from another person (New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey, Ministry of Justice, 2006).

One in three lesbian, gay and bisexual secondary school students say they have had unwanted sexual contact from another person (New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey, Ministry of Justice, 2006).

One in twenty male secondary school students say they have had unwanted sexual contact from another person. (Youth 2007: The Health and Wellbeing of Secondary School Students in New Zealand).

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