Rape victimswill be spared cross-examination in court and instead provide pre-recorded video evidence, under plans being brought forward by the Government.
Elizabeth Truss, Justice Secretary, said that from September juries across the country will watch the pre-recorded cross-examinations during a trial.
It follows successful pilot trials using pre-recorded evidence from vulnerable victims to try and limit the number of times they were questioned.
Pilot schemes found that defendants were more likely to plead guilty at the start of a trail after being confronted with the evidence that would be brought against them.
Although judges have the power to intervene to prevent overly aggressive cross-examination, there are growing instances of victims being left traumatised after confronting their attacker during a court case.
Ms Truss said the changes, which relate to all adult sexual offences cases, would help protect the victim and ensure defendants receive a fair trial.
She said: "Attitudes to sex crimes and victims have changed beyond all recognition in our lifetime, and rape prosecutions are now at record levels.
"With more victims now finding the confidence to come forward, I am determined to make their path to justice swifter and less traumatic.
"This will not reduce the right to a fair trial, but will make sure victims of these abhorrent crimes are protected and able provide their best possible evidence."
The Ministry of Justice said the move followed a successful pilot pre-recording the evidence of child victims of sex offences which showed they felt less pressure and were better able to recall events.
Ms Truss also announced a crackdown on paedophiles who use social media to "groom" child victims on line.
A new offence of "sexual communication with a child" - which comes into force next month - will carry a maximum two year prison sentence with those convicted automatically being placed on the sex offenders register.
Ms Truss said: "In a world of mobile phones and social media, our children are ever more vulnerable to those who prey on their innocence and exploit their trust."
"This new offence will help to us tackle the early stages of grooming, and nip in the bud those targeting children online or through text messages."
Latest figures show there were 1,300 rape convictions in 2015 – up 63 per cent since 2005 and the highest number convicted in the last decade.
James Conte, founder of the website Accused.me.uk, a support group for victims of false allegations, said: “Whilst we would welcome measures that would increase the rape convictions of people who really have committed rape, if you are wholly innocent of someone trying to frame you, you will not welcome these changes because they will increase your chances of being wrongfully convicted.”