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South-West Child Sex Abuse Shock

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7:25am 4th April 2012
(Updated 7:25am 4th April 2012)

More than two children a day are sexually abused in Cornwall and Devon.

NSPCC figures show there were 871 victims last year.

More than a fifth were still at primary school.

35 were younger than five.

The charity is launching an awareness campaign.

Spokeswoman Clare Lily says, "Don't let it niggle away at you and not do anything about it. Take that step to just talk to someone about it and hopefully we can all, together, make things better for these children who are suffering.

"We have an idea about child sexual abuse is that it's perpetrated by stranger danger. In fact, sexual abuse offences against children committed by strangers are a very small part of the picture. In the vast majority of cases offenders are known to the child".

Advice on how to spot the signs and report them.

7:25am 4th April 2012

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