Incidence and prevalence statistics
The information here comes from the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse data summaries on child sexual abuse and adult sexual violence. Download the data summaries to get a bigger picture of the data sources, as well as sources and notes on interpreting the data.
Child sexual abuse
In a 2012 survey of 13 to 17-year-old students:
- 20% of girls and 9% of boys had been touched in a sexual way or made to do unwanted sexual things
- 14% had received unwanted sexual messages by phone, online or by letter in the previous 12 months.
A 2008 study found:
- up to one in three girls will be subject to an unwanted sexual experience by the age of 16
- the majority of these incidents would be considered serious, with over 70% involving genital contact.
The ongoing Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development research study found that 30% of girls and 9% of boys reported experiencing some form of child sexual abuse before the age of 16.
A 2012 review found that women who experience sexual abuse as a child are more likely to suffer both intimate partner violence and sexual violence as an adult.
See how the Right2BSafe campaign heightened awareness of child sexual abuse in Hauraki and the Coromande:
Adult sexual violence
The 2014 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey found the lifetime prevalence for sexual assault in New Zealand was 24% for women and 6% for men.
In a 2003 study:
- 29% of Māori women
- 15% of Pasifika women
- 4% of Asian women
- 16% of European women and women of other ethnicities
reported experiencing some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime.
Read about a primary prevention activity for Pasifika people in Nelson:
Of 1,432 identified sexual violence perpetrators in 2014:
- 99% were male
- 59% were aged between 20 and 39
- 48% were European
- 30% were Māori
- 2% were Pasifika
- 9% identified as 'other'.
Between 2005 and 2013, the percentage of reported sexual offences against adults which were resolved varied between 47% and 65%. Conviction rates for prosecuted charges were between 37% and 45%.
Over 25% of adults in victimisation surveys report more than one incident.
Sources of other statistical data
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