Increase in reports of child sexual offences in Thames Valley in 2014/15
Nearly 400 children under the age of 10 were victims of sexual offences in a year, according to new figures from Thames Valley Police.
In total, 1,815 cases of child sexual offences were reported in the Thames Valley area between April 2014 and March 2015. This is a jump up from 1,449 cases reported in the previous year. The information followed a Freedom of Information request by the NSPCC.
The breakdown of figures stating the number of under-18 victims of sexual offences showed a higher number of female victims compared to male. There were 1,503 female victims and 304 males. Of the total number of cases reported there were 393 who were aged 10 years and under; 105 of those were not yet of school age.
A police spokesman said: “We have made significant investments in the staffing of our Child Abuse Investigation Units and Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs.”