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Convictions for sex offences on children up 60% in six years

The number of people convicted of sex offences on children aged under 16 in England and Wales has increased by nearly 60% in six years, the Ministry of Justice has found.

Claire Lilley, from the children's charity NSPCC, says the figures reflect the charity's own findings.

She said the rise could be attributed to better detection and raised awareness but warned that abuse cases still remain undetected.

"It is only the tip of the iceberg. Our research shows that one in 20 children - of up to the age of 18 - have suffered a sexual assault of some kind," she said.

"Whilst these figures are welcome we need to gather a fuller picture of what is happening," she added.

  • 02 Sep 2011
  • From the section UK
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