Duncan Lewis


Asylum, Detention/ Fast Track

Managed Migration, Public Law

Majority of child sex offender are someone who the victim knows or related to the victim

Date: (13 August 2012)    |    

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An information provided by the Lancashire Police has shown that in majority of the cases of sexual assaults ( 38%) on children the offender were related to the child victim or someone who the child knew, often a family member.
This was more than 1 in 3 of all reported cases of sexual assaults against children in Lancashire, for which the force was able to provide data on the relationship.
The NSPCC say the abuse was not reported because most of the time victims thought it was a normal behaviour.
NSPCC had called on the adults to look out for the signs of abuse and for parents to talk to their children about the difficult issue. They even invited the people to call NPCC if they needed any advise.
Bernadette Oxley, the regional head of service for the NSPCC in the North West said that sometimes there was a perception that child sex offenders were strangers, sinister figures who were waiting for the opportune moment. But the reality was that most of the offenders were known to the victims more likely a relative, neighbour or family friend rather than some stranger who they had never met before.
She said that every year the lives of thousands of children were ruined by adults who the child trusted but were abused sexually by them. And most of the victims were threatened or intimidated into silence with some victims thinking that they would not be believed or such revelations might break-up family.
This meant that some offenders were going unpunished and were at the liberty to further abuse other youngsters.
Its plausible, that a lot of courage is needed for a child to talk about such dreadful events but still only if it is spoken of that would bring an end to the cycle of abuse and they must be encouraged to do this.
She added that NSPCC strongly urge the children who think they had no one to turn to, to contact ChildLine.