In July this year the NSPCC estimated that the cost to the UK economy of child sexual abuse could be £3 Billion annually. At the time I suggested that this was woefully underestimating the true financial costs- HERE
My own ‘guestimate’ made back in September 2013 (HERE) of the financial cost, taking into account hospitalisation, mental health care, child welfare systems, and law enforcement, special education, juvenile delinquency, health care, adult criminal justice system, lost productivity to society and welfare costs, was nearer £20 Billion annually
And that is not taking into account the devastating personal cost that survivors carry with them throughout life.
If politicians won’t act to stop this because it is the right and moral thing to do, maybe they should look at the balance sheet and ask themselves;
Experts say they are now dealing with a “national health epidemic”, while there has been a huge surge in people looking for support since the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Some are related to recent high-profile cases, but sexual abusers are more likely to be people who are already known to the victim.
Founder of the Lantern Project on Merseyside, Graham Wilmer, told Sky News: “There are potentially about 11.7 million victims out there at the moment who have not disclosed, and many of those people will start to come forward in very significant numbers.”
Mr Wilmer, who was recently appointed to the Government’s Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, explained that the figures are based on accepted statistics that suggest one in six boys under the age of 16 have been sexually abused – for girls the figure is one in four.