Child rape offences increase in Cambridgeshire

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The number of rape offences recorded against children in Cambridgeshire has risen over the past two years, it has been revealed.

Figures released as part national statistics showed that in 2014/2015 there were 135 rapes recorded against children under 16, compared to 145 in 2015/16.

The figures also showed there was a rise in other sexual offences against youngsters across the county.

An NSPCC spokesman said nationally sexual offending against children was a growing problem.

He said: “These are grim figures which show that the number of sex offences has more than doubled in the last five years, with a significant number of victims being children. Recent investigations have exposed a dark underbelly of abuse that went on for far too long with the impact only now becoming tragically clear.

“Sexual abuse has a devastating impact on a child, and we urge all victims to come forward as soon as possible so they can get the support they need and offenders can be brought to justice. Any child who has been a victim can always call Childline on 0800 1111.”

The figures show:

2014/2015

Abuse of children through sexual exploitation: 5

Rape of a female child under 13: 37

Rape of a female child under 16: 74

Rape of a male child under 13: 13

Rape of a male child under 16: 11

Sexual activity involving a child under 13: 38

Sexual activity involving a child under 16: 126

Sexual assault on a female child under 13: 93

Sexual assault on a male child under 13: 42

2015/16

Abuse of children through sexual exploitation: 2

Rape of a female child under 13: 42

Rape of a female child under 16: 70

Rape of a male child under 13: 25

Rape of a male child under 16: 8

Sexual activity involving a child under 13: 43

Sexual activity involving a child under 16: 118

Sexual assault on a female child under 13: 107