More than 30% of people did not report sexual offence crimes because they felt police would not do anything about it. Victims who didn’t report the incident also felt the crime would not be taken seriously enough.
Statistician General Pali Lehohla this morning released the Victims of Crime Survey in Pretoria, which paints a bleak picture looking at the assault, sexual offences and murder stats of the country.
The survey looked at the three crimes, where it was committed, the instrument used and the reporting of the incident.
It found 45% of victims of assault did not report for the crime, citing the same reasons as to why they didn’t report sexual offences.
However only 4.3% of murders were not reported.
The study found that most of these crimes were committed in the home and that drugs and alcohol influenced the situation.
The most common occurrence of assault was in the street followed by home, while sexual offences mostly occurred at the home.
A knife was the most common weapon used in assault cases while a gun was the biggest contributing factor to murders in the country.
Victims of sexual offences were young people aged between 20 and 34 years old.