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​The progress of sexual assault offences through the NSW Criminal Justice System


There are various stages of the criminal justice system between reporting a criminal incident and conviction. An incident can fail to proceed to the next level at each of these stages. For instance, an offence might be reported to police but the offender not found. Another reported offence might proceed all the way to trial but the defendant found not guilty.

The two infographics below show the number of sexual assault offences at various stages of the criminal justice process. The first shows offences involving adult victims and the second shows child sexual assault offences. Rather than following a cohort of cases through the system, the figure displays the attrition of cases from the criminal justice system in two main periods. The first is from first report to police until the initiation (or non-initiation) of criminal proceedings against a suspect. The second is from appearance in a court to final disposition of the case.

The progress of sexual assault offences through the NSW Criminal Justice System – Adult victims

The progress of sexual assault offences through the NSW Criminal Justice System – Child victims

Archived version - The progress of sexual offences through the NSW Criminal Justice System