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Increase in reports of non-recent abuse

Figures released by the NSPCC show a big rise in the number of non-recent sexual offences reported to police in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

In 2013/2014, there were 509 reports across the two counties.

The figure for the last 12 months stands at 893.

Across the UK the number of cases has almost doubled, from 10,493 in 2013/14 to 20,410 in 2016/17.

The NSPCC believes this steep rise may, in part, be down to high-profile abuse cases as well as the football abuse scandal which began a year ago this week and has seen a dedicated helpline receive more than 2,500 calls.

The children’s charity hopes the increase in cases recorded by police will reassure survivors they will be listened to and will see law enforcement taking swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC, said: “It doesn't matter whether the sexual abuse happened a year ago or 50 years ago, it is never too late to report it. It's clear that for far too long, many people who suffered horrendously as children felt they could not speak up, were not believed or did not know who to turn to.

“Although these rising figures paint a worrying picture of widespread abuse, it is encouraging that so many are finally finding their voice in a climate today where they know they will be listened to and supported.

“What's important now is survivors of abuse receive the support they need and that the people who carried out these vile offences are identified and finally brought to justice.”

Any adult who is the victim of non-recent abuse is urged to report it to the police or contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 for advice and support. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

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