Child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom

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Child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom has been reported in the country throughout its history. Well-publicised examples in recent years have involved popular entertainers, politicians, military personnel, and other officials. An inquiry was announced by the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, in July 2014, to examine how the country's institutions have handled their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.[1]

Statistics[edit]

About 23,000 cases were recorded by police in England and Wales, in 2012/13.[2] Around 21,493 sexual offences on children were recognized in 2011/12. The statistics do not include the children aged 16 and 17.[3] Some 90% of the sexually abused children were abused by people who they knew, and about 1 of the 3 abused children did not tell anyone else about it.[4]

The true number of offences remains doubtful, generally assumed to be larger, due to expected unreported cases of child abuse.[5]

Notable incidents[edit]

  • Kincora Boys' Home - the scandal first came to public attention on 24 January 1980 after a news report in the Irish Independent titled it as "Sex Racket at Children's Home".
  • In a television documentary broadcast in August 2003, reporters uncovered details of an 18 month police and social services investigation into allegations that young men were targeting under-age girls for sex, drugs and prostitution in the West Yorkshire town of Keighley.[8]

Notable offenders[edit]

This is an incomplete list of notable British personalities who have been convicted of child sexual abuse. It does not include notable people, such as Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith, who were publicly accused of abuse after their deaths.

  • Russell Bishop (1966 - ) - Convicted child molester and abductor. Arrested and convicted in the same year, 1990.[9]
  • Ronald Castree (1953 - ) - Sexually assaulted, kidnapped, stabbed an 11 year old girl. Castree was jailed for 32 years.[10]
  • Max Clifford (1943 - ) - Leading publicist, found guilty in March 2014 of eight indecent assaults on four girls and women aged 14 to 19,[11] and sentenced to eight years in prison.[12][13]
  • Chris Denning (1941 - ) - British disc jockey. He got jailed a few times, for indecency in 1974 at the Old Bailey, 18 months in 1985, three years in 1988, three months in 1996, four years in a Czech prison in 1998 and five years in 2008. Denning regarded them to be "unfair".[15]
  • Rolf Harris (1930 - ) - British based Australian entertainer. In 2013, Harris was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree and charged with 12 counts of indecent assault and 4 counts of making indecent images of a child. On 30 June 2014, Harris was found guilty on all 12 counts of indecent assault and on 4 July 2014 was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison for a minimum of 2 years and 10 months. [17][18]
  • Stuart Hall (1929 - ) - Radio and television presenter in North West England and nationally, who presented It's a Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières and later reported football matches on BBC radio. He pleaded guilty in April 2013 to having indecently assaulted 13 girls, aged between 9 and 17 years old, between 1967 and 1986,[19]and was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.[20] In 2014 he was found guilty on two further charges and was sentenced to an additional 30 months in prison.[21]
  • Jonathan King (1944 - ) - English singer-songwriter, businessman. He was convicted of child sexual abuse in the 1980s. King was released on parole in 2005, however he has always denied the allegations.[23]
  • William Mayne (1928 - 2010) - Author of more than 130 books. In 2004 he was imprisoned for two and a half years.[24]
  • Gene Morrison (1958 - ) - On September 2009, convicted of 13 child sexual offenses, he was jailed for 5 years.[25]
  • Graham Ovenden (1943 - ) - Known artist. On April 2013, found guilty of child sexual abuse, jailed for 2 years on October 2013.[26]
  • Geoffrey Prime (1938 - ) - Former British spy, convicted of Child sexual abuse, during the 1980s.[27]
  • Ian Watkins (1977 - ) - Founding member and lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets. In November 2013, Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13.[28] He was subsequently sentenced to 29 years' imprisonment and six years on extended licence.[29]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Nigel Parton, Anne Stafford, Sharon Vincent, Connie Smith (2011). Child Protection Systems in the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 0857002546. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry". BBC News Online. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Facts and figures about child abuse in the UK". NSPCC. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Child sexual abuse: What the statistics tell us". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Incidence and prevalence of child abuse and neglect". NSPCC. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Why Does So Much Abuse of Children Go Unreported?". Huffingtonpost. 2012-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)". Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. 26 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds". BBC News. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ channel4.com: "Asian rape allegations" 27 Aug 2003
  9. ^ "March over 'Babes in Wood' deaths". 2006-10-10. In 1990, Bishop was convicted and jailed for life for the kidnap, indecent assault, and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl who was left for dead just 200 yards from her Brighton home. 
  10. ^ "Paedophile convicted of Lesley Molseed murder - after evading justice for 32 years". Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Richard Lister. "Max Clifford guilty of eight indecent assaults". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "R v Max Clifford". Crimeline. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  13. ^ "Max Clifford jalied for eight years". BBC News. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Cooke admits years of child abuse
  15. ^ "Radio 1 DJ jailed for paedophilia claims offences were consensual". Guardian. 22 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Gary Glitter released from prison and heading back to Britain". 19 August 2008. 
  17. ^ "Rolf Harris guilty: The moment on the witness stand he came closest to convicting himself". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months". BBC News. 4 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Broadcaster Stuart Hall admits indecent assaults". BBC News. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Sky News "Stuart Hall: Sentence Doubled To 30 Months". Sky News. 26 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Stuart Hall jailed for indecent assaults BBC News, 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  22. ^ "M25 rapist jailed for horrific sex attack on mother-of-two 25 years ago - decade before he went on to commit series of rapes on women and children". Daily Mail. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  23. ^ "Jonathan King freed". 2005-03-29. 
  24. ^ "William Mayne: Award-winning children's author whose career ended in disgrace". Independent. 2010-05-20. 
  25. ^ "Bogus 'expert witness' jailed for five years". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  26. ^ "Artist Graham Ovenden jailed for two years for sexual abuse of children". The Guardian. 9-10-2013. Retrieved 2014-01-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  27. ^ 1982 Life and career of spy Geoffrey Prime, News report; Interview
  28. ^ "Lostprophets' Ian Watkins guilty of child sex offences". BBC News, Wales. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  29. ^ "Lostprophets' Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years over child sex offences". BBC News, Wales. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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