Sexual abuse thrives on secrecy; we are colluding with the problem if we don't empower young people to speak up says sexual abuse expert
01 April 2013
| Tags: sexual abuse
Response to report on sex offender Jimmy Saville
Responding to today's report on sexual offending by Jimmy Savile, Stephen Webster, Head of Crime and Justice at NatCen Social Research and a leading expert in research with perpetrators of sexual abuse said:
"This report should represent a watershed for victims voices to be heard when they first speak out. This is particularly pertinent to vulnerable young people, who can be specifically targeted by predatory sexual offenders because they don't have a voice that is heard.
There needs to be greater awareness in all institutions working with young people, be it schools, nurseries, care homes, hospitals, about how sexual abuse can take place, the signs to look for, and the importance of giving a clear message that all allegations will be taken seriously at the point they are made. Sexual abuse thrives on secrecy. If we don't empower young people to speak up and investigate allegations seriously, we are colluding with the problem."
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