Almost 600,000 women were raped as children, as revealed in official data in the first study of its kind.

The Office for National Statistics said 567,000 women aged 16 to 59 suffered ‘sexual assault by rape or penetration’ as minors. Around 102,000 men in the same age bracket were also attacked.

The data, drawn from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, reveals one in 14 of all adults in England and Wales was sexually abused as a child.

The findings came after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) introduced new questions about childhood abuse in the survey for 2016, which was released on Thursday.

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