NSPCC reports 84% rise in child sexual abuse calls for June/July

Posted Sep 1, 2013 by Dawn Denmar
The NSPCC in the UK noted a massive hike in calls reporting child sexual abuse for June and July 2013. The charity says it may be down to better public awareness of child sex abuse following the Jimmy Savile cases last year.
A young child
A young child
The total number of calls received by the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) advice lines for June and July 2013 was 594 opposed to 323 for the same two months of the previous year.
All of the calls received by the charity were passed on to the police and to social workers.
John Cameron, head of NSPCC advice line services, said: "There appears to be a clear shift and the public now seem better equipped and more confident to report their concerns.
"It's very encouraging to see that adults, including those who don't have direct responsibility for children, take action if they think a child is at risk.
"The Savile scandal has shocked the nation but has also increased public awareness of how difficult it is for children to speak out and how crucial it is for adults to report any suspicions or concerns they have straight away."
The Jimmy Savile case highlighted the silence that exists around child abuse and just how difficult it may be for victims to make allegations. Some of Savile's abuses took place 50 years' ago, his prominent public profile almost seemed to give him immunity.
Mr Cameron added that as well as people showing more concern and responsibility, he felt they had greater trust in the police and social services. He said that most calls were from neighbours with suspicions that sexual abuse was happening in the community.
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