The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has reported a 30% rise in reports about abuse, which may have been fuelled by the ‘Savile effect’ – referring to the shocking case of Jimmy Savile, recently accused of molesting and raping hundreds of children during his BBC career.
Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said: “By bravely speaking out, Savile’s victims have done a great public service in raising awareness of child sex abuse and its long-lasting, devastating effect on victims.”
In November 2012, Ceop received 1,578 reports of abuse, up from 1,214 in November 2011.
Thousands of abuse victims continue to suffer in silence well into adult life because of shame or unwillingness to bring up traumatic memories from the past.
The NSPCC hopes its new advert will encourage victims and friends/family of potential victims to bring abusers to justice.
Mr Watt has said it is ‘vitally important’ that people voice their concerns even over the smallest of suspicions that something bad is going on.
NSPCC employs trained counsellors to discuss problems and decide on the best course of action for victims.
On Wednesday the Metropolitan Police said there has been a four-fold rise in sexual assault reports, including both new and old cases.
Before the so called ‘Savile effect’ there were just 55 reports of ‘non-recent’ rape and serious sexual offences a month. After the investigation was launched, this number rose to 299.
The new investigation, called Operation Yewtree, employs 30 officers and has so far cost the tax payer £2 million. To date, 589 alleged victims have come forward. 82% of these victims are female and 80% of them are children or young people.
Savile was a Radio 1 DJ and presenter of BBC One programme Jim’ll Fix It. He died last year aged 84, before he could be punished for his abhorrent crimes.
It is important to seek help if you have been abused, or you think someone else has been abused. By contacting the police, a charity or a counsellor, you can find the support to deal with what happened.
To find out more about what counts as abuse and how to get help, please visit our Abuse page.
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