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Sexual offence convictions: what you need to know

From March 2013 to March 2020, the number of sexual offences recorded by police forces in England and Wales almost tripled with 154,113 recorded between April 2019 and March 2020.

Being accused, charged and possibly convicted of a sexual offence will often leave individuals feeling ashamed, victimised and very alone and the stigma behind these types of offences can make it difficult to ask for information, advice and support. However, there are many misconceptions around convictions for sexual offences and it’s important to be clear about how they work in terms of disclosing to employers and others.

We’ve published some new information, designed to raise awareness of the things you might need to know, during the various stages of the criminal justice system.

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