Between a quarter and a third of perpetrators who send unwanted sexual requests or who engage in grooming are female, according to international studies.
“It is unlikely that the proportion of adults in England and Wales who engage with images of child sexual abuse would fall below [the] more conservative estimate of 4%,” the report states.
It adds: “It would be fair to assume that no less than 5% of young men and 16% of young women receive unwanted sexual requests each year. Young women are between two and three times more likely than young men to receive unwanted online sexual requests and to be targeted by online groomers.”
About 1% of online images of child sexual abuse available globally are produced by people living in the UK, a study in 2013 found, while 6.5% of the demand for such images comes from people living in the UK.