Crime > 80% increase in sexual child abuse online

Posted on June 22, 2016

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Nesrine Benaouda explores how the Internet is being used to take advantage of young people
There has been an 80% increase in the reporting of child sex offences within the last four years. This is according to the children’s charity NSPCC. The National Police Chiefs’ Council states that one of the factors behind this has been Internet related.

Statistics from 38 out of 43 police forces suggest the Internet was used in 3,186 sexual offences against children in the last year, more than eight a day.

Findings from the NSPCC have also revealed more than 270 offences involved children under the age of 10 years old, including a one-year-old baby being among the victims of sex abuse, which involved the Internet.

Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield has stated: “These concerning figures may be the tip of the iceberg.” She added that children and young people do not speak up about being abused as a result of the “fear of the consequences or because they cannot put their experiences into words.”

According to the NSPCC, online abuse can occur through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. This abuse can come from strangers and people the victims know. The abusers are able to contact them at any time, day or night. The abusers are able to message their victims on social networking sites persuading them to take part in sexual activities.

Predatory adults use the Internet as a gateway in order to abuse vulnerable young children online which abusers take advantage of through inciting children to take part in sexual acts, grooming their victims and blackmailing them. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said this “can leave some feeling suicidal.”

He added: “The government must make mental health support available to every child who has endured abuse.”

Simon Bailey, from The National Police Chiefs’ Council said: “Tackling child sexual abuse is part of the strategic policing requirement and a priority for every police force in England and Wales.”

What I think
I think that young people and children should be more educated into how to stay safe online. Restrictions and limitations should be put into place for younger children at home. This is to ensure that they’re not exposed and vulnerable to online sexual abuse.

Most young people and children do not realise that they’re becoming victims via the Internet. We should be more aware of the issues that can arise when using social media. We need to be more cautious of who we speak to, and the information we share.

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse online and need someone to talk to visit NSPCC.

Nesrine Benaouda
Nesrine is a hard working individual who strives to be successful in everything she does. She hopes to go to university to do a major in English lit and a minor in media or get onto an apprenticeship, depending on where life takes her.

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2 Responses to 80% increase in sexual child abuse online

  1. toyin July 5, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    I think that sexual child abuse online should be shared more on social media rather than hidden from the public. I like the fact that you backed up your point with evidence like using statistics and percentages. I also agree with the statement that the internet is being used to take advantage of young people and I think this is due to the fact that the internet is worldwide and we are able to communicate with so many different people from different countries. Certain may see this as a good thing but I semi see this as a major flaw as younger people can easily be influenced through the internet.

  2. Angel July 19, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    It is very well supported through the usage of statistics and I really do feel that it does well to provide good support, guidance and information regarding what steps to take.

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