In the UK, the number of people who have reported being physically or sexually assaulted has reached levels not seen since the early 1970s.
More than 4,000 people have made claims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault, according to the most recent data available.
The latest figures, published on Monday, show that the number rose to more than 6,500 in July, which is more than three times the number in July 2016.
A new report by the charity, the Policing Standards Unit (PSU), has called for a complete overhaul of the way police operate in the country.
Policing is becoming a “toxic and ineffective” business, according the report, which argues the UK has become an “uncomfortable and stressful place” where people feel “unsafe, unsafe and alone”.
The PSU is calling for “complete overhaul” of the law that “requires police to work in teams with one another, and with the community at large”.
It also called for the introduction of a mandatory “safe spaces” model to prevent sexual assault.
“The way in which we treat sexual assault survivors, and the way in the wider community treats survivors, is becoming toxic and ineffective,” said Alison Saunders, the co-chair of the PSU.
“It undermines our ability to build trust and confidence and it also undermines the effectiveness of policing in the long-term.”
The report has called on the Home Secretary to make a “radical” commitment to “establish a national strategy” to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in police stations, which would include the creation of a “Safe Spaces” team. “
As we seek to do that, it’s vital that the PSI work with communities to ensure there are safe spaces where survivors and their families can come together to support each other and learn how to work safely together.”
The report has called on the Home Secretary to make a “radical” commitment to “establish a national strategy” to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in police stations, which would include the creation of a “Safe Spaces” team.
It also suggested setting up “community-based support” units, where victims can be listened to, supported and provided with information about their rights and entitlements.
Theresa May has pledged to create a national “Safe Space” team to tackle rape and sexual assault in police station and to ensure victims are listened to and supported, as well as to ensure sexual assault is addressed “transparently and effectively”.
“This report highlights the need to establish a national safe space team to address sexual assault within the police force, and to establish support structures to enable victims to seek redress and redress is met,” the PSUs report states.
“A national strategy is also needed to tackle the issue of sexual harassment, sexual assault of police officers and sexual violence in the community.”
The Home Office has also released a statement saying it is working on “reforming the criminal justice system and creating a culture of safety in the police”.
It said it is “investigating the issues” raised in the report and “seeking further information” from the PSOs.