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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Child Sexually Attacked Every 20 Minutes In 2011

A child was sexually attacked every 20 minutes last year, according to new figures.

The statistics, released by police, also revealed more than a third of all sex crimes are committed against children, with more than 60 child sex offences reported every day.

Some 23,000 children - more than a fifth of them too young for secondary school - were victims of sex offences in England and Wales during 2010/11.

But fewer than 10% of reported child sex offences ended in someone being sentenced.

The statistics, obtained by the NSPCC in a freedom of information request, cover crimes including rape, incest and child prostitution across all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Overall, there were 54,982 sex offences last year, including 23,097 against children, the figures showed.

Most of the children (14,819) were aged between 11 and 17, including 8,749 aged 13 to 15. There were 4,973 victims aged 10 and under, including 1,472 who were younger than six.

And six times as many offences were committed against girls (19,790) than boys (3,218).

Britain's biggest force, the Metropolitan Police, received the highest number of reports (3,420), followed by the forces in Thames Valley (1,264) and West Yorkshire (1,170). Read More