The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a large-scale survey measuring people’s experience and perceptions of crime in Scotland. The survey is conducted biennially and based on a representative sample of adults (aged 16 and over), living in private households in Scotland. The aims of the SCJS are to:
- Provide a valid and reliable measure of people’s experiences of crime, including services provided to victims of crime.
- Examine trends in the number and nature of crimes in Scotland over time.
- Examine the varying risk of crime for different groups of adults in the population.
- Collect information about people’s experiences of, and attitudes to a range of crime and justice related issues.
The main survey is based on 12,045 face-to-face interviews which are conducted in private households. Respondents are also asked to answer a separate self completion module on more confidential and sensitive issues, including drug taking, partner abuse, sexual victimisation and stalking. The self-completion section of the SCJS 20102/13 questionnaire was completed by 10,235 respondents, which represents 85% of all respondents.
This report examines the prevalence and nature of sexual victimisation, stalking and harassment in Scotland. The data presented in this report were collected through the self-completion module of the survey. The 2012/13 survey is the fourth sweep of the SCJS to include a sexual victimisation and stalking questionnaire, with previous data sweeps conducted in 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11.
The report is structured as four chapters. Chapter one provides background information to the survey, including key definitions used in the report, the methodology used, and the strengths and limitations of the data. Thereafter, chapter
two examines stalking and harassment, chapter three examines serious sexual assault, and chapter four examines less serious sexual assault.