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Huge increase in calls to child sex abuse charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

By ROB SMYTH

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NEW figures have revealed a massive increase in calls across Burton and South Derbyshire during 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal.

The NSPCC revealed that it received 463 reports of child abuse in East Staffordshire with 356 in South Derbyshire.

The charity stated that calls to its helpline regarding historic abuse or child abuse tripled during 2012 in the wake of allegations of years of sexual abuse involving young children by the former television personality Jimmy Savile – who died last year.

A spokesman for the charity told the Mail: “It has been an incredibly busy year for the NSPCC both locally and nationally.

“Many people will have seen or heard about the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse inquiry in the media.

“As of early December, the NSPCC and the police have identified more than 450 victims of sexual abuse by Savile, of which over eighty per cent were children or young people.

“Overall, the number of contacts to the NSPCC helpline around sexual abuse, both historic and current, has nearly tripled since the Savile revelations.

“This means we can help more historic victims than ever before to finally get the support they need and, crucially, we can also protect children who are at risk right now.

“Child abuse remains a widespread problem and children are still being abused today.

“Our work makes a huge difference to the lives of children but we wouldn’t be able to run our direct services or helplines without the amazing support of our community and corporate fund-raising groups.

“2013 promises to be a very exciting time for the NSPCC in Staffordshire.

“We have made significant strides to help children this year, but still need the public’s support to continue our work.”

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