Sexual Penetration with a Child Under 12

In October 2015, the Council began a project examining factors contributing to:

  • a characterisation or assessment of offence seriousness by the courts in cases involving sexual penetration with a child under 12 compared with cases of rape
  • a lower proportion of charges receiving imprisonment for sexual penetration with a child under 12 than for rape
  • a shorter median imprisonment sentence for charges of sexual penetration with a child under 12 than for charges of rape.

This examination involved both quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

In June 2016, the Council published its findings in Sentencing of Offenders: Sexual Penetration with a Child under 12.

This project builds on the Council’s previous work in this area including: