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Vile sex attacker who assaulted woman in hospital avoids prison sentence

A sick sex offender who attacked a terrified woman at a hospital has avoided jail.

Pervert Thomas George Talbot, 33, of Osprey Court, Cardiff, was given a three-year community order after he sexually assaulted his victim at University Hospital Llandough in the Welsh city on May 2 last year.

Cardiff Magistrates Court also ordered him to attend 34 sessions of a sexual offending behaviour programme and complete a 60-day rehabilitation scheme.

Talbot must also stick to a 12-week curfew between 8pm and 6am, sign the sex offenders' register for five years and pay just £180 costs.

According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, which were last updated in 2017, about 3.4m women had been victims of sexual assault in their lives, including one million who had been raped or had faced attempted rape.

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This is compared to 650,000 men who had experienced sexual assault.

Sexual assault was most common among younger women, with about one in 10 students saying they had experienced a sexual crime in the past year.

One in five women has been the victim of stalking since the age of 16 – twice the number for men.

These estimates used the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which included thousands of people interviewed. It is seen as the best way of measuring crimes including those not reported to the police.

Today, the vast majority of sexual offences do not get solved. In fact, most sexual offences do not even get reported to the police.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales revealed 151,000 people – including 144,000 women – were victims of rape or attempted rape in 2017 – the last year the figures were updated.

However, only 55,000 rapes were actually reported to the police last year.

In the same year, just 1,439 people were actually convicted of rape. This was the lowest number since figures started being released in 2014-15.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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