CHILD SEX ABUSE BY OTHER CHILDREN ON THE INCREASE IN THE UK

The number of sexual offences committed by children in the UK has increased at alarming rates since 2013 and pornography is being largely blamed for this growing trend.
The number has reportedly reached 30,000 since 2013 with 2,265 coming from those under 18, and obscene content being labelled the primary cause.

Out of the 2,625 offences committed by those under 18, a shocking 225 were alleged rape cases.

Figures also show that the number of sexual crimes doubled in children aged 10 and under as the number jumped from 204 in 2013-2014 to 456 in 2016-2017.

BBC’s Panorama recently released figures that 74 per cent of child sex assault claims between April 1, 2013, and May 31, 2017, resulted in no further action taking place.

According to the NSPCC: “These figures confirm that thousands of children each year are victims of abuse inflicted by other young people.

“Disturbingly, we know that a third of all child sexual offences are committed by children.

“This issue is not widely understood but ensuring those who commit these offences are helped to address their sexually harmful behaviour is vital in reducing the number of victims.

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“Most children who carry out abuse do not go on to become adult offenders if they are given the right support.”

In 2013, former Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that pornographic content was responsible for “corroding childhood” after asking internet companies to investigate solutions for the obscene material.

At the time, he  declared: “I think it is absolutely vitally important that we enable parents to have that protection for their children from this material on the internet.”

Mary Sharpe, the Chief Executive of addiction charity The Reward Foundation, has stated that it needs to be accepted that easily accessible obscene content is “covertly teaching” young people to commit offences.

She told The Telegraph: “We teach how internet pornography trains the teen brain to want to carry out such acts.

“The effect of a criminal conviction is devastating.”

The show recently interviewed children who expressed their feelings of injustice due to a lack of action taking place after offence claims were made.

One said: “It’s not what actually happens that has the worst effect on you, it’s what comes after it.

“It’s the being disbelieved – it’s the people failing you.”

A second claimed: “There was no talk about the police or telling his parents or taking it further, it was only really, ‘oh block him’, or ‘stay away from him in lesson’.”

The Government states that teachers have a duty to report sexual offence allegations to the police.

The Department for Education said: “Sexual assault is a crime and any allegation should be reported to the police.”

But parents also have a duty of care to study their children and look out for signs that something might be wrong with their children. A child being un-habitually withdrawn, quiet or subdued and losing interest in school or usual interests, could be clear signs of abuse.

It is also pertinent to warn parents and teachers that abuse is not only carried out by adults or strangers.

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