Epidemiology and prosecution of sexual violence against women in Germany

Autor(en): Hellmann, Deborah F.
Pfeiffer, Christian
Stichwörter: (sic) 177 StGB; criminal prosecution statistic; Criminology & Penology; police crime statistics; prosecution of rape; RAPE; Sexual violence against women
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Herausgeber: CARL HEYMANNS VERLAG KG
Journal: MONATSSCHRIFT FUR KRIMINOLOGIE UND STRAFRECHTSREFORM
Volumen: 98
Ausgabe: 6
Startseite: 527
Seitenende: 542
Zusammenfassung: 
Sexual victimizations are associated with severe consequences for the victims. Additionally, there is a risk of secondary victimization as well as consequences thereof, that can (in)directly result from a penal procedure and its outcome among others. According to research by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Germany, the prevalence of sexual violence against women in Germany has almost halved from 1992 to 2011. However, only about one in five cases of sexual violence is made known to law enforcement agencies. Those cases, in turn, that are made known to the authorities are associated with particularly severe consequences. Data from police crime statistics and criminal prosecution statistics on the one hand indicate an increased reporting of cases of sexual violence. On the other hand, those data reveal a decline in the conviction rates in the same time period. Furthermore, according to the criminal prosecution statistics considerable regional differences of conviction rates occurred in a nationwide comparison that need to be explained. In this paper, possible causes for the presented results are described and open questions as well as possible solutions are discussed.
ISSN: 00269301
DOI: 10.1515/mks-2015-980604

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