Sunday 18 March 2018

Scandal sparks big increase in help calls from sex victims

Margaret Davis

POLICE forces across the UK have seen an increase in sexual abuse claims in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, a child protection expert said.

Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) Peter Davies said it was "far better" for victims to come forward and get a chance for closure and potentially justice.

Children's charity the NSPCC said at the weekend it had received 190 calls directly relating to Savile.

It has also had 217 calls relating to other historical sexual abuse, and a surge in contact about current offences.

Irish Independent

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