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Child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom has been reported in the country throughout its history.[1] In about 90% of cases the abuser is a person known to the child.[2] However well-publicised cases in recent years have involved popular entertainers, politicians, military personnel, and other officials. Around 23,000 cases were identified during 2012/2013, the latest year for which records exist: these the figures exclude 16- and 17-year-olds, and many cases of abuse go unreported.

In 2012, celebrity "Jimmy Savile (who had died the previous year) was posthumously identified as having been a predatory "child sexual abuser for the previous six decades. Subsequent investigations, including those of "Operation Yewtree, led to the conviction of several prominent "household names" in the media, allegations against prominent politicians (mostly deceased), and calls for a public inquiry to establish what had been known by those responsible for the institutions where abuse had taken place. An "Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 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.[3] The inquiry was initially constituted as a panel, but after strenuous complaints was reconstituted in 2015 as a "Statutory Inquiry, giving it much greater powers to compel "sworn testimony.


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Statistics[edit]

About 23,000 cases were recorded by police in "England and Wales, in 2012/13.[4] Around 21,493 sexual offences on children were recognized in 2011/12. The statistics do not include the children aged 16 and 17.[5] 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.[2]

The true number of offences remains doubtful, generally assumed to be larger, due to expected unreported cases of child abuse.[6]

Notable incidents[edit]

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, but never prosecuted.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Incidence and prevalence of child abuse and neglect". NSPCC. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Facts and figures about child abuse in the UK". NSPCC. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Chalabi, Mona. "Child sexual abuse: What the statistics tell us". "The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Why Does So Much Abuse of Children Go Unreported?". Huffington Post. 26 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)". Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds". "BBC News. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
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  11. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/jul/06/children.childprotection
  12. ^ "March over 'Babes in Wood' deaths". 10 October 2006. 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. 
  13. ^ "Paedophile convicted of Lesley Molseed murder - after evading justice for 32 years". Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Lister, Richard (28 April 2014). "Max Clifford guilty of eight indecent assaults". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "R v Max Clifford". Crimeline. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Max Clifford jalied for eight years". BBC News. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Kelso, Paul. "Cooke admits years of child abuse". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ "Radio 1 DJ jailed for paedophilia claims offences were consensual". The Daily Telegraph. 22 February 2010. 
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  20. ^ "Glitter jailed over child porn". BBC News. 12 November 1999. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
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  23. ^ "Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years". BBC News. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Rolf Harris guilty: The moment on the witness stand he came closest to convicting himself". "The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months". "BBC News. 4 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Broadcaster Stuart Hall admits indecent assaults". "BBC News. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Stuart Hall: Sentence Doubled To 30 Months". Sky News. 26 July 2013. 
  28. ^ Stuart Hall jailed for indecent assaults "BBC News, 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  29. ^ Greenwood, Chris (22 March 2012). "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. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "Pop mogul jailed for sex abuse". BBC News. 21 November 2001. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  31. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/2003/apr/15/broadcasting.radio
  32. ^ "Jonathan King freed". The Guardian. 29 March 2005. 
  33. ^ "William Mayne: Award-winning children's author whose career ended in disgrace". The Independent. 20 May 2010. 
  34. ^ "Bogus 'expert witness' jailed for five years". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Tory MP's half-brother who was known as 'Rapier Napier' by his pupils and helped run Paedophile Information Exchange is jailed for 13 years for HUNDREDS of sex assaults on young boys in the 60s and 70s". Daily Mail. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  36. ^ Morris, Steven (9 October 2013). "Artist Graham Ovenden jailed for two years for sexual abuse of children". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  37. ^ 1982 Life and career of spy Geoffrey Prime, News report; Interview
  38. ^ Hickman, Martin (25 October 2012). "Was there a paedophile ring in No 10? MP Tom Watson demands probe". The Independent. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  39. ^ "Former DJ Ray Teret jailed for rapes and indecent assaults". BBC News. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  40. ^ "Ex-BBC presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth jailed for sex offences". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  41. ^ "Lostprophets' Ian Watkins guilty of child sex offences". "BBC News, Wales. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  42. ^ "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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