HARD FACTS

CHILD PROTECTION

HARD FACTS

TERRIFYING FIGURES

Sexual violence against children is not a marginal phenomena but ubiquitous and a major concern for public health. 

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4 out of 5

In 82.7 % of cases where a child experience contact sexual abuse from a peer nobody else knew.

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20%

20% of children in the UK have experienced severe maltreatment or domestic abuse

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50 000

50,000 people in the UK downloaded or shared online images of child abuse (2012)

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3.2 billion

The estimated annual cost of sexual abuse in the UK in 3.2 billion GBP (NSPCC)

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187 suicides

There were 187 suicides of 15 to 19 years olds in the UK (2014)

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85%

85% of child abuse in England remains undetected and the children are not receiving help or treatment  (Office of the Children’s Commissioner) 

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94 %

94% of rapes or attempted rapes are carried out by a person know to the victim (UNICEF, 2016)

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22%

 22% of teenagers and young adults say they have shared naked pictures of themselves online or via text message. 

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1 in 3

1 in 3 children sexually abused by an adult didn’t tell anyone at the time

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2 out of 3

Two-thirds of child sexual abuse took place within the family environment or the close circle around it

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64 children

64 children are sexually abused every day in England and Wales (NSPCC, 2011)

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1 in 8

Only one child in every eight facing sexual abuse comes to the attention of the authorities

True stories of abuse

Photo taken & stories recorded by Chris Weiner

“My father penetrated me several times. Sometimes he would do it in front of his partner who touched herself while watching us”

André

abused and raped from age 6 to 15

“Everyday, and for no reason, my grandmother would hit me. With plates. With a radio. With anything she could find. And at night my grandfather would rape me. I was 8 years old.”

Solange

abandoned at 4, beaten from 5, abused at 8

“Years later, when I came to understand what had happened, I woke up one morning with the feeling that I was dead, that my body no longer belonged to me”

Danielle

abused from 5 to 11 years old

“He showed me his penis. I think he put it on my back. The next thing I remember was in front of him and I pulling up my trousers. Between the two I blacked out.”

Emilie

molested at age 4

 

“I can’t go to the police. I haven’t the strength. I’m afraid nothing will come of it, that I won’t be believed”

Marie

raped around 8 years old

“The problems started when I was around 3. They lasted until I was 11, when my aggressor, my grandfather, died. But it wasn’t just him. At 8 he ‘rented’ me out to three of his friends.”

Odile

abused at 3, prostituted at 8

“My aggressor was behind me, I couldn’t see him, I couldn’t see anything. It was surreal. Because of this I have difficulty picturing the scene, finding words for what happened to me. Since then everything changed. One “cursed” Spring and 40 years of anguish. What happened was so inhuman.”

Sébastien

abused age 11