Under 18's In North Yorkshire Accused Of Sexually Abusing Other Children
6:37am 7th July 2014
(Updated 2:26pm 7th July 2014)
Police in North Yorkshire have investigated 45 cases of under 18s sexually abusing other children.
The NSPCC says that the most common incidents are involving teenage boys carrying out crimes on girls that they know.
The charity is also concerned that internet porn is warping teenagers views of sex.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “North Yorkshire Police recognise and share the concerns expressed within the report.
“We have dedicated teams of specially trained officers to both react to such sensitive issues and support the victims of such offending."
“In addition, with equal effort and through excellent working relationships with our partners such as local children's safeguarding boards, we also work to prevent such offences and tackle as effectively as possible the underlying causes."
“Protecting the most vulnerable in our society is amongst our top priorities and is why, despite austerity, we continue to actively invest in this area of business."
“The figures obtained by the NSPCC clearly show that our efforts are having an impact with a 50% reduction in offences of this nature year on year and we will continue to focus on reducing this figure even further."
“We are continually looking to improve the service we can offer to the communities of North Yorkshire with an increase in the number of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors and plans to expand the capacity of our Sexual Assualt Referral Centre to offer help to younger victims of sexual offences.”
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