More Than 1,000 Women Suffer Sex Attack EVERY DAY, Report Says

More than 1,000 women suffered a sexual assault every day last year (by mainly Black and Asian perpetrators) - but only one in 88 rape claims resulted in a conviction, a report said yesterday.

One in five [white] 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

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.