October 23, 2019
Children are being sexually abused every seven minutes, according to police data obtained by the NSPCC.
Reported sexual offences against children rose to 76,204 in the last 12 months, a record high, according to the figures from 44 of the 45 police forces released under Freedom of Information laws.
That is a rise of 63 per cent compared to five years ago when there were 46,738 recorded child sexual offences.
Analysis of the data also reveals that where age of victim was provided, a fifth of the offences – some