About this study
The Sentencing Council commissioned us to conduct research on attitudes to sentencing sex offences in 2011. We consulted with members of the public and victims/survivors on their awareness and views of sentencing sex offences.
Read the findings
The full report is available here.
Key findings from the report are available here.
An article about the experiences of the victim/survivors we interviewed is available here.
About the Sentencing Council
The Sentencing Council for England and Wales is the organisation that sets guidance for judges to use when they make decisions about how to sentence someone who has gone to court after committing a crime.
What do we mean by a sexual offence?
Sex offences cover a wide remit of different offences including: rape, sexual assault, voyeurism, exposure, preparatory offences such as sexual grooming, administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual offence, and other offences such as possession of indecent photographs of children, trafficking for exploitation or exploitation through prostitution.
The research involved 12 focus groups with the general public across England and Wales, and interviews with 46 victim/survivors of sexual offences or their parents/carers.