The NSPCC have recently released the results of intensive research into the numbers of child sexual abuse cases reported to the police over a 4 year period since 2015.
The data was secured by way of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all police forces across the UK. The statistics revealed a sharp rise of 60% in reported cases from 2014/2015. Around 76000 cases in all.
Of these up to 16000 were said to involved children under the age of 10.
It would have been interesting to see the figures from 2012 onwards as we can say from our own data that the number of abuse survivors disclosing has risen dramatically. People are now empowered through legislation and shifting police attitudes bringing confidence to those who previously would not dared to have disclosed. We deal with survivors every day who have taken many decades to come forward and report their abuse. It is a huge step to take but there are many support networks and excellent resources available that didnt exist even 5 years ago.
If you are going through an investigation currently we can assist with legal advice on your compensation rights. Get in touch by calling us on 01423 593002 for an informal discussion about your case.