Child Sex Abuse Perpetrates Widely Among British Clergymen, Doctors, Teachers, And Social Workers; report
A quarter of victims were abused by teachers and other educational staff, and a fifth by adult family friends or trusted members of the community.

Researchers have found that child sex abuse is widespread across all communities and social classes across the UK, The Mail reported on Sunday.

The research contains accounts from 50 of the 1,400 people who have given evidence to the Truth Project, which is part of the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

According to the researches, IICSA shows an estimated 53% of the sexual abuse victims were women, while 94% of offenders were men.

The analysis revealed that almost 40% of victims were between three and seven years old when their abuse started, although some 32% were between eight and 11.

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It took decades for some of the victims to talk about their stories. The oldest one who talked to the researchers was 95 and some were also 70s and 80s.

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While most people believe sexual abuse occurs within families, the report says only 28% of the victims were abused by relatives.

An estimated 14% of the witnesses were abused by people in the clergy, 12% by professionals such as doctors and social workers and 9% by residential care workers.

A woman named Nancy said she was repeatedly raped since she was five by a farm labourer after she was evacuated from London during the Blitz.

Another victim, Danny Wolstencroft, from Bolton, was abused between the ages of five and ten by his grandfather, who owned a manufacturing firm. Danny’s dark secret drove him to drugs, crime, and prison.

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The head of the Truth Project, Dru Sharpling, said: “Listening to these accounts can be extremely moving. For some, it’s the first time they’ve disclosed. Others have tried and not been believed.”

“Yet often there were signs when they were still children that something was very wrong – which were not picked up.” Mr Sharpling said, “Sharing these experiences is of inherent value but they will also help IICSA make recommendations to protect children in future.”

Earlier on March, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported that pedophiles in central England abused up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, over a four-decade period.

The newspaper wrote that social services, teachers, and mental health workers knew about the abuse but did not inform the police.

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