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One out of every 200 women in the UK reported to the British Crime Survey that they had been raped in 2006. The report also showed that less than 800 persons were convicted in rape crimes that same year.
Law by jurisdiction
England and Wales
Rape is a statutory offence. It is created by article 5 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (S.I. 1769/2008 (N.I. 2)). SLD The common law offence of rape was abolished by article 5(6) of that Order.
Any reference to rape in a statutory provision must be construed in accordance with article 5(1) of the said Order.
Rape of a child under 13
This is a statutory offence created by article 12 of the said Order.
Loss of service
- article by the home editor of the BBC (Mark Easton)
- Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2006/07
- MSPs pass major sex crime reforms BBC News 10 June 2009
- The Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (S.I. 1769/2008 (N.I. 2)), article 5(5)
- The Administration of Justice Act 1982, section 2(c)(ii)