Child Sex Abuse Rates in Yorkshire

26 May 2011, 14:29

The NSPCC says over 12 hundred incidents of child sexual abuse were reported in West Yorkshire in the last year.

Nearly 4 hundred of those involved children aged between 5 and 11 years old.

West Yorkshire has the highest child sex abuse rates in Yorkshire with Humberside in second with 670, South Yorkshire third with 411 and North Yorkshire with 250.

Nationally a child is sexually abused every 20 minutes.

We spoke to Gordon Ratcliffe from the NSPCC in Yorkshire:

"Sexual abuse is a hidden crime and it's important that if people are seeing things that they can report them and that these matters can be investigated.

"The numbers are increasing because awareness is increasing and that means that we're actually bringing more people to justice and that eventually will lead to a slowing down and we'll stop this from happening."

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