Video: Child sex abuse cases rise 60% – but arrests fall since 2011
Cases of child sex abuse reported to police have risen by more than 60 percent in the last four years, according to official figures for England and Wales.
Data obtained through Freedom of Information (FoI) requests indicate the number of offenses reported to police jumped from 5,557 in 2011 to 8,892 last year.
Yet over the same period, the number of arrests for child sex abuse fell 9 percent, from 3,511 to 3,208.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper accused the government of failing to tackle a growing “national scandal.”
The legal definition of child sexual abuse includes grooming, facilitating abuse and rape of a child.
The data, which was based on the responses of 33 out of 41 police forces in England and Wales, indicates that many areas have seen the number of reported cases double over the past four years.
South Yorkshire police force saw the biggest rise in reported child sex abuse, with a 577 percent increase from 74 in 2011 to 501 in 2014.
Despite the substantial rise in reported cases, the number of arrests made by South Yorkshire police last year was just 57, a small increase on the 50 arrests made in 2011.
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