Britain’s shame as 645 rapes have been reported in UK schools

Britain’s shame as 645 rapes have been reported in UK schools

girl holding her legs, hiding her faceReport says that police have investigated 645 alleged rapes in Britain’s schools over the past three years.

The report reveals that there have been a total of 5,500 reported sex crimes in classrooms and playgrounds since 2012.

Police believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The vast majority of allegations, nearly 4,000, were physical sexual assaults while the remainder included offences such as making explicit images, exposure or voyeurism.

At least a fifth were offences carried out by other pupils and a quarter of victims, some 1,500 children, were under 13.

I SAID NO…BUT HE PULLED ME INTO STOREROOM AND SHUT THE DOOR

It is good news that more victims have the confidence to come forward and report abuse, although, while I cannot prove this, I believe more child abuse is taking place

— Chief Constable Simon Bailey

In some cases the victims and suspects were as young as five.Every police force in the UK responded to a Freedom of Information request from BBC Radio 5’s 5 live Investigates which asked how many sexual offences were recorded at schools during the past three academic years.

In the programme, to be broadcast today, one girl tells how she was sexually assaulted in a school storeroom while a teenage boy recalls how three male friends attacked him in a classroom.

Police believe the problem is even worse.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for child protection, said: “I believe these figures are the tip of the iceberg.

“It is good news that more victims have the confidence to come forward and report abuse, although, while I cannot prove this, I believe more child abuse is taking place.

“That includes children being raped on school premises.”

Jon Brown, head of Sexual Abuse Programmes at the NSPCC, believes children watching porn on their phones is a major factor.

He said: “We know that for some older children, accessing hardcore pornography is warping their view of what is acceptable behaviour. And the very young, those of primary school age or even younger, may be copying sexual activity they have witnessed.”

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said sex and relationships need be taught in all schools, adding: “Every child needs to understand what is inappropriate.”

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