One in Five

NGOs call for a UK action plan to tackle sexual violence within the family

18.04.2012 - Four non-governmental organisations in children's rights in the United Kingdom have written to the government calling for an action plan to tackle sexual abuse within the family.

It is estimated that in 70% to 85% of cases throughout Europe, the abuser is somebody the child knows and trusts. Perpetrators are in the family and community circle: relatives, family friends or carers. Figures established by a UK based charity ChildLine, based on the numbers of calls received about sexual abuse show that 59% of perpetrators were family members.

The NAPAC, NSPCC, Action for Children and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation have written jointly to Children's Minister Tim Loughton pleading the issue of intra-familial child sexual abuse to be properly addressed.

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