A woman is raped every five minutes, according to a new report from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
It is the fourth straight year that the annual tally of rapes recorded by the National Center for Health Statistics has surpassed the five-year high set in 2011, but that statistic has been steadily dropping over the last decade.
RAINN’s annual National Sexual Assault Hotline reported the latest statistics at 7:42 a.m.
EST on Thursday, and the group noted that the number of reported rapes dropped slightly last year, from a high of 1,957 in 2014 to 851 in 2015.
Rape victims in the United States are at least three times more likely than in the rest of the world to be sexually assaulted.
The report also found that the majority of rape cases go unreported to law enforcement, according, to the Washington Post.
The number of rape-related arrests has remained stubbornly low.
While the vast majority of people arrested are convicted of a crime, the number charged is relatively low.
Last year, nearly 1,000 people were charged with rape, a drop of more than 20 percent compared to 2015.
“The criminal justice system in this country is not designed to protect rape victims,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, RAINn’s director of communications and public affairs.
“We want to be clear, the sexual assault epidemic is not a one-off event that has been happening in the country for a long time.
It’s been going on for a very long time, and it’s getting worse.”
The report released Thursday also found significant disparities in the treatment of sexual assault cases across racial, ethnic, and age groups.
In 2016, African-Americans accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total number of sexual assaults reported, compared to 16 percent for Hispanics and 6 percent for whites.
Meanwhile, Latinos accounted for just 2 percent of all sexual assault arrests, compared with 8 percent for white people.
And while the number reported to law enforcers increased by 12 percent over the same period, the overall number of rapes increased by just 6 percent.
The news comes as President Donald Trump continues to campaign on his promises to reform the criminal justice systems in the wake of the historic sexual assault of former Miss USA Alicia Machado.
The latest report, which also revealed that more than 40 percent are African American, highlighted the racial disparities in how sexual assault victims are treated.
“This is about a rape culture, and we have to fight that,” Verheiden-Hillard said.
“When we do this, we are fighting for the safety of women and girls everywhere, for the protection of our families, our communities, and our entire country.”