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Child sex crimes on rise in UK|
The number sex crimes recorded against children aged under 11 in England and Wales has increased by 16 percent in one year, a new report shows.
According to a research, conducted by a children's charity and released on Monday, some 5,547 primary school pupils and pre-school children were sexually abused across England and Wales in 2012-13, compared to 4,772, offences recorded in 2011-12.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) carried out the study based on data from 41 police forces.
The report also showed that under-11s account for about 24 percent of all recorded sexual attacks on children in England and Wales.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said the number of recorded offences could have risen because more people were coming forward in the wake of the abuse scandal surrounding disgraced former British TV host Jimmy Savile.
"The police figures are worrying because they should be going down not rising, although the 'Savile effect' may be resulting in more people reporting abuse,” Wanless said.
Meanwhile, the charity found a near-20 percent rise in the number of child sex crimes recorded in Northern Ireland following the Savile scandal.
Savile died in 2011 and following his death, hundreds of allegations of sex abuse and rape of minors became public.
In January 2013, in a report by the police and the NSPCC, Savile was branded as one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators, who used his celebrity status to “hide in plain sight.”
According to the report, titled “Giving Victims a Voice,” some 214 crimes, including 34 cases of rape during 54 years of abuse committed by the BBC’s former presenter, were recorded across 28 police force areas.