A report compiled by the APPG reveals how a quarter of victims choose not to report incidents of abuse as they think that the Police will be unsupportive. The report was chaired by the Rotherham MP Sarah Champion. She decided to compile the report following the infamous abuse cases in her constituency.
Ms Champion said: “Survivors of child sexual abuse are losing faith in the criminal justice system. They don’t feel listened to by the police or CPS, they’re not given updates about their case and they’re often treated insensitively. If this behaviour continues, we risk survivors deciding not to report their abuse. This means child sexual offenders go unpunished and remain a risk to more children. It should be a national priority for the Government to rebuild survivors’ confidence in the criminal justice system.”
This the second report prepared by the APPG and is 25-pages long. The first report was published last May and revealed that seven percent of adults in the UK were sexually abused as children. This amounts to two million victims.
The report is based on a survey of 400 victims and reveals the victims that report their allegations to the Police recount the poor treatment that they receive from the Police and the CPS. Many describe how they have had to relive the offences as they have had to describe what happened to them to different officers on numerous occasions. Other victims describe how they were not taken seriously by the Police and how they used “dehumanising” language towards them.
The report reveals how 64% of the victims that reported the abuse, found that charges were not brought against the abusers. 8 out of 10 of the victims said that the way the Police communicated with them was “either poor or very poor” and 9 out of 10 said the support they received “was poor or very poor.”
A National Audit Office report showed that in “2018 there were 61,646 sexual assaults on under 16s – up from 56,346 in 2017.” This does not include the offences of child pornography.
The figure does not include offences of child pornography, which also stretch into tens of thousands. It also does not give an age for the offenders.
The APPG’s first report found the impact of abuse is devastating and lifelong.
The report also revealed that sex offences against under-16s has more than doubled between 2013 and 2017, and figures have risen from 24,085 to 53,496.
MPs are expected to call for a new Victim’s Law tomorrow, as well as a Victims Commissioner to hold national and local bodies to account.
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