Here are some facts from the NSPCC a UK based Child Cruelty Charity.-
- Three-quarters (72%) of sexually abused children did not tell anyone about their abuse at the time. 27% told someone later. Around a third 31% still had not told anyone about their experience by early childhood.
- Police recorded over 23,000 sex offences against children aged under 18 years in England and Wales between April 2010 and March 2011.
- In 2010/11, ChildLine counsellors dealt with nearly 670,000 contacts from children about various problems including, bullying, sex abuse, violence and mental health issues.
- On average, every week in England and Wales at least one child is being killed at the hands of another person
- Children under the age of one are the age group most at risk of being killed at the hands of another person.
- In 2011, almost 21,000 allegations of children suffering abuse were passed to the police (or children's services) from the NSPCC.
The report allows us not only to understand how many children are being abused and neglected, but also to track progress so that society can be held to account for its responsibility to children. Only by monitoring the extent of child abuse and neglect in the UK can we judge whether efforts to prevent maltreatment and protection of children are working.
I hope this helps.