The number of reported sexual offences has steadily increased by more than three-fold from 2,286 (2013) to 7,889 (2020).
There is little evidence to explain the rise in complaints to WA Police (WAPOL). Any explanation other than based on evidence is simply guess work or mere speculation, which we are not in the habit of providing.
What we do know here at criminal-lawyer-perth is that in accordance with the trend above inquiries from men accused of sexually assaulting a child or woman has risen at a rate marginally higher that reported to WAPOL.
Historic and contemporary sexual assault allegations
What we can say from our own experience is that the charges are either historical or contemporary. The historical go back anywhere in the range of 15 to 60 years and the contemporary are just that in the last one or two years. All cases involve a male accused and a female complainant. The complainant and accused are known to each other.
All cases plead not guilty to the charge/s. Briefly stated, in historical cases the accused memory comes under the spotlight. In contemporary cases, memory is generally not in issues but such factors as nature and history of the relationship between the accused by the complainant and any obvious rivalry or hostility are relevant.
We have no reason to believe that the number of complaints to police in this category of offending will slow down. We know that WAPOL have calculated this rise of sexual complaints into their forward planning by forming detective units specialising in sexual assault and child abuse in police stations around the metropolitan area.
If you are charged with a sexual assault you need competent and experienced legal representation. Call Dr Marc Saupin at criminal-lawyer perth on 04222 656 589 to receive comprehensive legal advice about your case.