Forcible Sex Offenses

UCR Definition 

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports progrm defines Forcible Sex Offenses as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will or not forcibly or against the person's will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent.  The element of force or threat of force is necessary (unless the victim is unable or too young to give consent) before a sexual offense is reported in this category. Any sexual act or attempt involving force is classified as a forcible sex offense regardless of the age of the victim or the relationship of the victim to the offender.  The Forcible Sex Offense category includes offenses classified as Rape and Fondling.

Rape - Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. Attempts to commit rape are also included.  

Fondling -  (Florida Specific) - The touching of the private body parts of another person, using either an object or human contact to commit the act, for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will or, not forcibly or against the person's will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

UCR definitions over time (PDF)

The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions.

Florida Statutes

794 Sexual Battery

800.04(5) Lewd or Lascivious Molestation

800.04(6) Lewd or Lascivious Conduct


There were 11,907 Forcible Sex Offenses (FSO) reported in 2018.  These offenses were broken into three categories: 8,105 Rapes, 331 Attempted Rapes, and 3,471 Fondling offenses were reported.  Firearms were used in 137 of the FSOs reported.
There were 2,562 Forcible Sex Offense arrests in 2018.  Of these, 1,937 arrests were Rape and 625 arrests were Fondling. Of these arrests, 359 were juveniles and 2,203 were adults. 

UCR Offense Data  Officer with offense report

 11,907 Forcible Sex Offenses in 2018
Source: Total Forcible Sex Offenses by Type and Rate for Florida, 1971 - 2018
(PDF | Excel)
Firearm use in Forcible Sex Offenses in 2018, 11,770 no firearm, 137 firearm
Source: Forcible Sex Offenses by Weapon Type, 1996 - 2018 (PDF |Excel)

Type of Forcible Sex Offenses reported
Source: Sex Offenses by County and Type of Offense (Excel Files)
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Math Icon Information about calculating Percent Change, Crime Rates, and Clearance Rates

UCR Arrest Data  Handcuffs

    2,562 Forcible Sex Offense arrests in 2018.

Source: Arrests by Jurisdiction, Offense Type, and Race, 2018 (Excel)
Forcible Sex Offense arrests by age and sex. 347 juvenile male. 12 juvenile female. 2,146 adult male. 57 adult female.
Source: 2018 Annual Uniform Crime Reports Arrest Total
by Age and Sex Report (PDF)
2018 Forcible Sex Offense arrests by judicial county.
Source: 2018 Disaggregated Judicial Circuit
Arrest Report (PDF |Excel)
To learn more about which counties are in what circuit,
please see the Florida Courts website.  

Historical Data – Trends

 Information about the different data sources found on our site.
Forcible Sex Offense trend graph
Source: Total Forcible Sex Offenses by Type and Rate for Florida, 1971 - 2018
(PDF | Excel)
Arrests by Jurisdiction, Offense Type, and Race, 1998 - 2018
Computerized Criminal History Arrest by Crime Type, 2000 - 2018 (Excel)

UCR Books
Crime in Florida: Forcible Sex Offenses Section  
     1988 1989

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