Sexual offences recorded by the police rose 41% on the previous year, the Crime Survey for England and Wales have revealed.
Officers recorded a total of 31,621 rapes and 63,861 other sexual offences - the highest level since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2002/03.
ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo tweeted:
New crime stats: Sexual offences recorded by the police up 41% on the previous year - equivalent to an additional 27,602 offences
Growing willingness of victims to come forward will be blamed for a large part of that massive increase
Though the survey found violent crime showed no "significant" change on the previous year, there were increases in the more serious categories of police recorded violence.
Violence resulting in injury rose by 16%, while possession of a knife or sharp instrument increased by 9%.
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