Like the United States, child abuse and childhood sexual abuse is a huge epidemic in the United Kingdom. On average, one child is killed weekly at the hands of another person. Statistics show one in three children, about 34% of the countries population, experience unwanted sexual contact by an adult. Reports provided by police show there were over 23,000 sexual offenses against children under 18 years old recorded in England and Wales between April 2012 and March 2013, and these statistics are increasing daily.
Today the Boston Herald reported "British officials are promising to investigate whether the government and other institutions in the 1980s and 90s covered up child abuse by politicians and others in positions of power."
According to ABC NEWS, "Home Secretary Theresa May is due to announce details of the inquiry Monday. It follows allegations that abuse claims that were handed to authorities were lost or destroyed to protect wrongdoers."
Prime Minister David Cameron stated investigators would leave "no stone unturned to find out the truth about what happened."
Britain has been struggling with several well-known figures that used their power and position to get away with abuse towards children for years. Who can forget the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal and veteran entertainer Rolf Harris' conviction? Last week, Harris was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted on 12 counts of abusing girls.
There are ways to protect your children from abuse by learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse and childhood sexual abuse. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children worldwide is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is run by two moms on a mission to make a difference in the lives of children around the globe.
For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at: http://dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com