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Sexual offences
The smallest crime category is sexual offences, accounting for less than 1 percent of all recorded crime in 2000, and in every year since 1994. There was no significant change in the overall sexual offence rate over the period. The majority of sexual offences fell into the sexual attacks class. Sexual attacks contributed 63 to 65 percent of the total number of sexual offences between 1994 and 2000, decreasing slightly over the period.
Sexual affronts are the next largest contributor to the offence rate at 22 to 23 percent. Sexual affronts include obscene exposure and indecent performances and acts. Over recent years, the number of offences in the 'other' sexual offence class have remained fairly stable, as shown in figure 16. There was little change in the distribution of sexual offences into the various sexual offence classes between 1994 and 2000.

Figure 16:

The immoral behaviour offence class has the highest resolution rate (70 to 73 percent) of those in the sexual offence category, except in 1999 when it fell to 62 percent. The resolution rate for sexual attacks ranged between 48 and 56 percent. There were only small movements in the resolution rates for sexual attacks and sexual affronts, though the latter dropped by 9 percentage points to a low of 39 percent in 1995.


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The smallest crime category is sexual offences, accounting for less than 1 percent of all recorded crime in 2000, and in every year since 1994

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