There could be more than 11 million survivors of sexual abuse in the UK, a Government adviser and CSA Inquiry panel member Graham Wilmer has told Sky News.
Experts say they are now dealing with a “national health epidemic”, while there has been a huge surge in people looking for support since the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Some are related to recent high-profile cases, but sexual abusers are more likely to be people who are already known to the victim.
Graham Wilmer, founder of the Lantern Project on Merseyside, told Sky News: “There are potentially about 11.7 million victims out there at the moment who have not disclosed, and many of those people will start to come forward in very significant numbers.”
Mr Wilmer, explained that the figures are based on accepted statistics that suggest one in six boys under the age of 16 have been sexually abused – for girls the figure is one in four.