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Almost all young women in the UK have been sexually harassed, YouGov poll finds

Ninety-seven per cent of women in the UK between the ages of 18 and 24 say that they have been sexually harassed, whilst 80 per cent of women of all ages say that they have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces. The Guardian has reported a survey by YouGov carried out for UN Women UK which warns that most women have lost faith that the abuse will be dealt with.

According to the survey of 1,000 women, 96 per cent of respondents did not report incidents. Latest estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show that fewer than one in six (16 per cent) female victims and fewer than one in five (19 per cent) male victims aged 16 to 59 years of sexual assault by rape or penetration since the age of 16 years reported it to the police. Police recorded crimes remain well below the number of victims estimated by the survey.

For the Guardian report, click here. For the latest overview (for the year ending March 2020) on statistics for sexual offences in England and Wales, provided by the Office for National Statistics, click here.