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Child abuse is not just a problem of the past, says NSPCC

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The NSPCC has launched a new campaign to remind people that the abuse of children is not just a problem of the past, in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The charity is using the publicity created by the revelations about Savile’s child abuse to encourage people to report abuse to the NSPCC helpline. A new television advert is urging people to speak out, even if there are only suspicions of abuse occurring.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has said there has been a 30% rise in the number of reports of abuse in November 2012, when compared to November 2011. The organisation claims this increase is fuelled by the so-called ‘Savile effect’.

Peter Wyatt, Director of the NSPCC helpline, said:

“By bravely speaking out, Savile’s victims have done a great public service in raising awareness of child sex abuse and its long-lasting, devastating effect on victims. Our advert aims to remind people that child abuse remains a widespread problem and children are still abused today. To end their suffering and bring their abusers to justice we must all act now. Savile’s victims waited decades to be heard and helped. We can’t let this happen again.”

Mr Wyatt added:

“With this advert we want to send out a clear message about how vitally important it is to act on your suspicions and that the NSPCC is here to help you do this.”

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  1. Friend says:

    Indeed child abuse isn’t a thing of the past, and the NSPCC would be the first to know this, as we have them to thank for turning a blind eye to it all these years. According to many, the very organization that should be preventing this is really just “managing” it. They have repeatedly failed to highlight how divorce, acrimony, litigation and the way that courts and parents use the children as pawns has produced 2 or 3 generations of dysfunctional children.
    We have the NSPCC to thank for failing to call attention to how the so-called “father-removal-service” that is family law in this country has made thousands of children vulnerable to those who abuse their power, and I’m not only talking about celebrities and politicians.

  2. Burt says:

    “the revelations about Savile’s child abuse”
    If Jimmy Savile were still alive and these allegations had been made you wouldn’t dare use those words. Now that he’s dead anyone can dance on his grave.

    • Marilyn Stowe says:

      If you read the rest of this blog you will find a number of posts about SJS, and you will see I defended your point even though I was attacked by a number of readers for doing so.
      Best wishes

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