The number of child sex offences recorded in the UK has risen by almost a fifth according to figures the NSPCC has obtained from the country’s police forces.
Child sex offences recorded by police rose to a record 55,507 last year; these include: rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Of the crimes recorded, 13,565 crimes against children aged 10 and under and 2,799 crimes against children yet to even attend primary school.
The NSPCC say there are a number of factors could have contributed to the rise. One is that police forces have improved their methods for recording offences.
NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: “This steep rise lays bare just how extensive this appalling crime against children has become, claiming multiple victims every hour, some of whom are yet to say their first word.
“Sexual abuse can shatter a child’s life and leave them feeling ashamed, depressed, or even suicidal. Now, more than ever, victims need help as soon as possible to help them recover from their ordeals and go on to lead full and happy lives.
“Government must commit funds to early intervention that better help these children who through no fault of their own are enduring so much pain.”
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