You asked

What are the statistics on the ethnicity of persons convicted of rape? And what are the statistics of convictions in which the victim and the perpetrator are of different ethnic groups to each other?

We said

Thank you for your request regarding statistics on the ethnicity of persons convicted of rape.

We publish statistics from two main sources: The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime, both of which focus mainly on the victims of crime and do not cover data on convictions or on characteristics of offenders. Therefore, we are unable to provide an ethnic breakdown of those convicted of rape, or any further information around convictions of crime.

We do, however, publish a small amount of data on the ethnicity of victims of rape. This can be found in our ‘Sexual Offences in England and Wales: year ending March 2017’ article. Appendix table 10 (link below) published alongside this article, shows an ethnic breakdown for both male and female victims of rape or assault by penetration (including attempts).

Statistics on convictions and offenders are published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Specifically, they publish a report entitled 'Race and the Criminal Justice System', which includes detail on the ethnicity of offenders, victims of crime and the prison population. The latest figures available are for 2016.

Additionally, the MoJ can be contacted by e-mail and may be able to help you further with your enquiry.

Hopefully this is helpful to you. If you would like any further information, you can simply email us at and we will endeavour to help.