According to numbers released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of people who reported being sexually assaulted to the police went up by 13% in 2021. This is the tenth year in a row that the number has gone up (ABS).
William Milne, who is in charge of crime and justice statistics at the ABS, said that there were 31,118 sexual assaults in 2021. This is the most that police have ever recorded in the 29 years that the ABS has been keeping track of crime data. This number is up in seven states and territories.
Mr. Milne said that since 2011, the rate has gone from 83 victims per 100,000 people to 121 victims per 100,000 people. This is because the population has changed.
Sixty-one percent of victim-survivors were younger than 18 when they were sexually assaulted.
There were six times as many women as men who had been sexually assaulted and lived to tell about it. With 11,367 victims-survivors, more than a third of sexual assaults were linked to family and domestic violence.
Most sexual assaults happened in peoples homes (67 percent ).