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convictions for sex offences on children up 60% in six years – No wonder claims are up!

2 September 2011

The BBC made a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Justice which found that there was an increase in annual convictions of 772 between 2005 and 2010. The reasons will be many and various. The stigma attached to being a victim of a sexual offence is lessening; information available to victims of sexual assault is more easily accessible; and the Internet, as well as a tool for offenders, is also a means by which they can be found.

Our experience matches this profile. The number of civil claims for compensation against local authorities, schools, sports clubs and charities we see remains steady. If anything, they are gradually increasing, and the claimants solicitors are prepared to bring claims where there is no successful conviction.

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