85% of Child Abuse in UK Goes Unreported: Study

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London: A new study says a majority of child sex abuse in the UK is carried out by family or friends and up to 85% goes unreported.

According to the study conducted by the Office of the Children’s commissioner (OCC) about 50,000 cases of sexual abuse were recorded by police and local authorities in the two years to March 2014 but the findings indicate that official figures vastly underestimate the true scale of child sexual abuse.

OCC said the actual number of children abused in that period is thought to be as many as 450,000.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of cases, both known and unknown to the authorities, are believed to be victims of abuse in the family.

OCC also called for an urgent action to identify and prevent child abuse.

About 50,000 cases of sexual abuse were recorded by police and local authorities in the two years to March 2014 but the findings indicate that official figures vastly underestimate the true scale of child sexual abuse. The actual number of children abused in that period is thought to be as many as 450,000.

Most of the victims remain unidentified as the services that should protect them, including police and social services, rely on children to speak out.

The national police lead for child protection and abuse, Simon Baily singled out as problematic children’s ease of access to technology.

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