One in five women have been victim of a sex crime since age of 16, shocking figures reveal

More than 1,000 women suffer sex attack EVERY DAY, report saysReport reveals almost half a million women are preyed upon every year
But only one in 88 rape claims results in conviction, Crime Survey findsMost of 400,000 female victims subject to unwanted touching or exposureOne in 200 women was victim of rape or another serious sexual assault

By
Larisa Brown and Mark Duell

PUBLISHED:

20:59 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:10 GMT, 11 January 2013

More than 1,000 women suffered a sexual assault every day last year – but only one in 88 rape claims resulted in a conviction, a report said yesterday.

One in five women has been a victim of sexual assault since the age of 16, with almost half a million adult females in England and Wales preyed upon every year, the study revealed.

While most of the 400,000 female victims were subject to unwanted touching and indecent exposure, one in every 200 women was a victim of rape or another serious sexual assault.

Shocking: One in five women have been a victim of sexual assault since the age of 16, alarming figures show (file photo)

Shocking: One in five women have been a victim of sexual assault since the age of 16, alarming figures show (file photo)

There are a total of 473,000 victims
of sex offences every year, for which 60,000 to 95,000 are victims of
rape, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

It was estimated that there were
97,000 victims of the most serious sexual offences last year. The
analysis added that 90 per cent of such victims knew the person who
committed the offence.

Despite the worryingly high figures,
the first joint statistical overview of sexual offending in England and
Wales by the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and Office of National
Statistics highlights only a very small number of sex offences lead to a
conviction.

In the last three years court
statistics reveal an average of just 5,620 offenders are convicted each
year for all types of sexual offences.

A total of 1,070 criminals were
convicted for rape, according to the first joint overview of sexual
offending in England and Wales as reported by the Guardian.

The report comes after Baroness Stern
voiced her concerns over government ministers misleading the public
about low rape conviction figures, which she said left victims feeling
neglected and stopped women coming forward.

While most of the 400,000 female victims were subject to unwanted touching and indecent exposure, 69,000 women were victims of rape (file photo)

While most of the 400,000 female victims were subject to unwanted touching and indecent exposure, 69,000 women were victims of rape (file photo)

Lady Stern, a prison reform campaigner
and human rights activist, called in her 2010 report for 'an end to the
widespread use of misleading rape conviction data – in particular the
six per cent conviction rate figure'.

The new figures show 62.5 per cent of
rape cases ended in a conviction in 2011, eight per cent higher than in
2005 where 800 were convicted.

More rapists are also being jailed for increasingly long sentences.

Yet rape crime remains under-reported
to the police compared with other crimes, with only 15 per cent of women
saying they had reported the offence to the police.

Martin Hewitt of the Association of
Chief Police Officers told the Guardian that police had been working to
encourage victims to report sex crimes.