By Joshua Robinson –
Around 25 sex offences happen each day in West Yorkshire, new data from LegalExpert.co.uk has found. A total of 9,406 incidents were reported to West Yorkshire Police between September 2022 to September 2023.
Sex offences were more likely to happen in Leeds than anywhere else in West Yorkshire, with the city accounting for 34% of all incidents.
More than a quarter of incidents occurred in Bradford, whilst 16% of incidents were reported in Kirklees. Wakefield followed with 15% of the total sex offences taking place in West Yorkshire.
The area with the least amount of reported sex offences was Calderdale with 9% of the total figure.
Figures provided by West Yorkshire Police also uncovered that rape made up 38% of all sex offence incidents that were reported in the same period.
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Victims were typically aged between 13 to 15 years old, whilst offenders were typically aged between 35 to 37 years old.
Moreover, the data indicated that girls and women were more likely to be targeted by sex offenders, accounting for 78% of all victims identified by West Yorkshire Police.
A spokesperson from the Criminal Injury Team at JF Law, which owns the LegalExpert.co.uk brand, said: “The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and recent high-profile cases have brought sexual and physical abuse to the forefront of public policy.”
“Many people are not aware that there does not need to be a conviction to claim.”
“This means that even for those victims let down by the criminal justice system, there is still an opportunity to obtain a financial remedy which may help victims achieve a sense of closure.”