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Sex abuse risk for NI children

From BBC News Northern Ireland

More children in Northern Ireland experience sexual abuse and neglect than their counterparts across the UK, a major report has suggested. The study by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children indicated that one per cent of those interviewed had suffered sexual abuse by a parent.

As many as 35000 young people in Northern Ireland could be experiencing abuse, according to a NSPCC study.

It says children in the province are often abused by a sibling and that the figures for sexual abuse and neglect are higher than the national average.

The findings were taken from a survey of childhood experiences carried out among 2869 18 to 24 year olds across the UK.

Findings of the survey suggest:

1 in 10 children, mostly girls, had been forced or threatened into performing sex acts against their will by people known to them when they were under the age of 16. 
1 in 4 of those surveyed said there were things that had happened to them in their childhood which they found difficult to talk about.
More than a quarter of the respondents who had been sexually abused or coerced into sexual activity had told anyone at the time it happened. 1 in 3 people had never told anyone.

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