Britain sees 60 child sex offences every day, charity says

A charity said it believe that the true picture of child abuse was even worse than the figures showed.

Britain sees 60 child sex offences every day, charity says

More than 21,000 child sex offences were recorded in Britain last year, an average of 60 every day, a charity said on Monday.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said it believe that the true picture of child abuse was even worse than the figures showed.

Statistics from the 43 police forces in England and Wales obtained under a Freedom of Information request found that 21,618 sex offences against under-18s had been recorded during 2008-9, including rape, gross indecency and incest.

Girls were six times more likely to be victims than boys, with one in seven of all those abused under the age of 10.

"These figures show just how many children are still being sexually abused every day," said NSPCC director of strategy and development Phillip Noyes.

"It's a shocking picture -- even more so because these are only offences reported to the police. We believe the true extent of the problem is far worse. Some of these children are so young they can't tell anyone what is happening."

According to Home Office figures, there were 51,488 sexual offences last year, but the NSPCC said the statistics did not reveal how many of the victims were children.


Reuters

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