Most sexual offences happen at home - survey

2016-05-04 17:03


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Pretoria - Most sexual offences in the last three years took place in the victims’ homes, according to Statistics SA's Victims of Crime Survey released on Wednesday.

Almost half (48.2%) of all sexual offences in 2013/14 were at home, while the figure was 40% in the 2014/15.

In comparison, 49% of such offences in 2011 happened outdoors. This dropped to 25% in 2014/15. 

Sexual offences in the workplace jumped from 4.3% in 2013/4 to 15.3% in the next financial year. 

Single people victimised by people they know

Single people were usually victimised at home, in 39.6% of cases, in the street (23.3%), or at an entertainment area (17.2%).

Married people, on the other hand, were mostly sexually victimised in the street, at 68.1% of such cases. 

"This implies that individuals who are single and never married are mostly victimised by the people they know," the survey found. 

Along gender lines, 63.2% of males were victimised at home, as opposed to 47.9% of females.

The number of sexual offences perpetrated by lovers or spouses increased dramatically from 11.3% in 2013/14 to 31% in 2014/15. 

Motive for most offences is anger 

The motives for sexual offences were mostly anger directed at a family or a person.

"It is important to note that 23.3% of sexual offence cases at home were influenced by alcohol or drugs intake by both victims and offenders," Stats SA said in its report. 

In cases of sexual assaults in the street, 63.9% of victims were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In a place of entertainment, the figure increased to 72%.

More people aged 55 and older are committing sexual offences

The percentage of sexual assaults perpetrated by people aged 55 or older increased from 3.1% in 2013/14 to 20.5% in 2014/15. 

Over the same period, the figure for perpetrators aged 15 to 34 fell from 75.9% to 62%.

Usually no weapons were used in sexual assaults in the home or workplace. However, in the street, 61.2% of incidents involved a knife. 

Sexual offence hotspots

The municipalities considered sexual offence hotspots in each province are: 

Gauteng - Mogale City
North West - City of Matlosana
Limpopo - Polokwane
Free State – Nala
KwaZulu-Natal - eThekwini
Mpumalanga - Mbombela
Western Cape - Theewaterskloof
Eastern Cape - Nelson Mandela Bay
Northern Cape - Sol Plaatjie

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