Shocking rise in child sex abuse figures

The number of child sex offences reported in the region has soared.
The number of child sex offences reported in the region has soared.
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Shocking figures have revealed more than 400 sex offences against children were reported in Cleveland, last year.

Statistics released by the NSPCC found a total of 411 offences were recorded by police during April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

The national children’s charity dealt with 50 calls from people living within the Cleveland Police Force area about sexual abuse.

Of these 45 were so serious they were referred on to the police or children’s services.

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “These figures are disturbing and clearly illustrate child sexual abuse is continuing and widespread problem that needs urgent actions.

“But we know this is still only a fraction of the true number of victims because some endure an agonising wait of many years before telling anyone - others never reveal what has happened to them.”

“It’s time to throw down the gauntlet to government which has to ensure all sexual abuse victims get specialist treatment to help them to recover.”