London, Jan. 11 (ANI): 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 are attacked every year, a study has 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.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, there are a total of 473,000 victims of sex offences every year, for which 60,000 to 95,000 are victims of rape, the Daily Mail reports.
It was estimated that there were 97,000 victims of the most serious sexual offences last year. The analysis added that 90 percent of such victims knew the person who committed the offence, the report said.
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, the report added.
The study revealed that 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.
According to the report, the new figures show 62.5 percent of rape cases ended in a conviction in 2011, eight percent 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 percent of women saying they had reported the offence to the police, the report added. (ANI)