Chapter 2
Prevalence and harm of sexual violence


2.61It is difficult to present a clear statistical picture of sexual violence in New Zealand and likewise its disposal in the criminal justice system. This chapter has sought to present some of the data that is available, noting its limitations and highlighting that many alleged incidents of sexual violence are not tested in court and that the cost of sexual violence is significant. Currently, the high costs of sexual violence occur not only where the case does not enter the criminal justice system, but also where it does enter the criminal justice system, but the process is traumatic for the victim (regardless of the outcome).