03 July 2013
Our Child Abuse Solicitors discuss the increase in reporting of sexual abuse
The number of sexual offences recorded by police has risen by more than 9% following the ITV broadcast ‘The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’ last October. A request under the Freedom of Information Act made by BBC Radio Live has revealed that the police have recorded more than 30,000 sexual offences since October last year. The statistics also showed that Operation Yewtree has encouraged 589 victims to come forward, 450 out of those 589 allege they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile.
These statistics demonstrate a welcome change to society’s view on childhood sexual abuse and show that the publicity surrounding Savile has provided victims with confidence to come forward. Whilst this is a positive step forward, we are concerned at the lack of support and psychological treatment that is provided to victims once they have reported the abuse to the police. Many victims have remained silent for decades, feeling unable to even tell members of their family or spouses and coming forward is likely to have a huge impact on their lives.
We believe it is vital that this is addressed and victims of childhood sexual abuse are offered support they need after they have reported the abuse. Currently for many of the victims, the civil justice system is the only means by which payment can be secured for much needed psychological treatment.
We are encouraged to hear that victims have felt able to speak out and hope that they are able to achieve justice along with a sense of closure by doing so.
At Slater and Gordon we are instructed on a number of sexual abuse cases and have a specialist abuse team who are familiar with dealing with abuse cases and understand the difficulties in speaking out. If you would like to speak to us about any of the issues raised in this article or if you have been a victim of any form of abuse please contact a Child Abuse Lawyer on 020 7657 1658/1653/1502 for free confidential advice. Any communication will dealt with in strict confidence.