Figures released by the Ministry of Justice have shown that one in five women in England and Wales have been the victim of a sexual offence since the age of 16.
The new comprehensive report shows that 473,000 adults become the victim of sex crimes each year, 400,000 of which are women.
These stats include an estimated 95,000 cases of rape, with the report adding that 90 per cent of rape victims know their attacker.
The figures show that one in 20 women have been the victim of rape or attempted rape since the age of 16.
The findings have come from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the first joint overview of sexual offending, which has combined data from the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and Office for National Statistics.
Shockingly, the report has confirmed that only a small percentage of the crimes result in conviction.
Over the last three years, an average of 5,620 offenders were convicted for all types of sexual offence, including 1,070 for rape.
Only 15 per cent of victims come forward to the police and the report was called for as it is feared that the low conviction rate is preventing other victims from speaking out.
Analysis reported in The Guardian, also revealed that it takes longer to complete a rape case than nearly all other criminal trials, taking an average of 675 days from the date of the offence to the completion of the case.
'All sexual offences are abhorrent,' said Justice Minister Jeremy Wright. 'Very tough sentences are available to the courts for those who commit the most serious offences including a new mandatory life sentence which we have introduced for anyone convicted of a second very serious sexual or violent crime.'
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