NSPCC: Increase in peer sexual abuse
THE NSPCC-run Childline service says there has been an almost 30 per cent increase in peer-on-peer abuse over the past year.
The charity says it held nearly 4,000 counselling sessions with young people concerned about the issue over the past 12 months.
According to the NSPCC, however, the the scale of the problem could be much greater, as it is worried many children and teenagers do not understand that what has happened to them is abuse.
Childline has relaunched the #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to try to prevent peer-on-peer sexual abuse and to encourage those that have suffered it to speak up.
Any child worried about peer sexual abuse can call Childline on 0800 11 11. Any adult who is concerned about a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.