An NSPCC Research Briefing – July 2013

An NSPCC research briefing

An NSPCC study (Radford et al, 2011) found that nearly a quarter of young adults (24.1%) had experienced sexual abuse (contact and non-contact), by an adult or by a peer during childhood.

Around 11% of young adults said that they had experienced contact sexual abuse during their childhood.

Perpetrators of sexual abuse are more likely to be a family friend or to be acquainted with the child rather than being a parent or stranger.

Girls are at a greater risk than boys of being abused by a family member.

Boys are at a higher risk than girls of being abused by a stranger (Maikovich-Fong and Jafee, 2010).

The majority of reported abuse is carried out by male abusers but there is some discussion as to whether abuse by female abusers is underreported.

An analysis of the calls to ChildLine where children talked about being sexually abused found that 17% of the calls concerned a female abuser.

Where the victim of the abuse was a boy then the proportion of male and female abusers was roughly the same (34% and 36% respectively, 30% gender unspecified).

For girls, over two thirds (67%) of the perpetrators were male and only 6% were female (Mariathasan, 2009).

An NSPCC research briefing



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2 responses to “An NSPCC Research Briefing – July 2013

  1. artmanjosephgrech

    Good however even the research does no tell the full story in terms of un reporting and non disclosure disclosure

    I assume the research was only in the UK and does cover countries where most women and girls belonging to one ethnic group are raped, torture killed by another group and vice versa

    For any research to be meaningful for political and social strategist one would need to know the ethnic/ religious. cultural origin of those survey eg were former children in military households included or religious faiths where child brides have been and remain acceptable..

    What percentage of those researched have ever regarded themselves as victims or felt they need external help or that the event had an adverse effect on their lives

    Having said this such information is of value in establishing one aspect of the what happened and its extent for the England and Wales Inquiry as long as the research is applicable to each time frames to be included so that the position in 2006 when Social Services lost responsibility for statutory child care protection compared to that in the last year of Children’s departments and in the first year of statutory duty to care in the new era of Children’s Departments in 1948. If we are to include post 1945 this takes us back and the CYP act of 1933 ( I think was the year

  2. Sabre

    The NSPCC obviously didn’t know about the decades of abuse by grooming gangs in the North, had they known they would have done their utmost to help the victims wouldn’t they?