Urgent action needed to support more children after sexual abuse
Research has revealed that the true scale of child sexual abuse in England is significantly greater than official figures suggest. Just 1 in 8 sexually abused children are identified by authorities.
The research, carried out by the Children's Commissioner, suggests that 450,000 victims of family related abuse came forward over a 2 year period, yet only 50,000 were known to authorities.
We're calling for urgent action to identify more victims of sexual abuse. Services to protect children are currently geared towards children referring or reporting abuse themselves. But children rarely do this, often not recognising they have been abused until much later.
We need more awareness on the rates of sexual abuse within families and close circles, and better support to help them recover from their horrific experiences.
Jon Brown, NSPCC lead for tackling child sexual abuse, co-chaired the Inquiry Panel with Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield.
"The dearth of provision for victims of child sexual abuse is appalling. If you ask the public they will think help and support will be there for these children. But sadly this is all too often not the case. "
Jon Brown / Head of NSPCC sexual abuse programmes