Children’s Commissioner for England
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner
20 Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT 14th April 2015
Dear Ms Longfield,
Re: ECONOMIC COSTS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
I am involved in investigating child sexual abuse linked to politicians at Westminster. This letter should be read in conjunction with the attachments listed below.
I am writing to you because I have not, to date, come across any official statistics which quantify the financial cost of child sexual abuse to the national economy. This would seem to be a serious gap in the research data related to child sexual abuse. According to one on-line source(1) child sexual abuse affects a significant number of children under the age of sixteen, I quote the site below:
“Approx 1 in 30 children (aged under 16 years old) in the UK have been sexually abused by an adult aged over 16 years old (Note: The NSPCC quote figures of 1 in 20, but that includes child versus child sexual abuse).
Population of UK in 2014 was 64.1 million – Of which approx 14.5 million are aged under 16 years old which equates to approx 483,333 UK Children that have been sexually abused by an adult.”
The psychological effects of child sexual abuse have been subject to extensive academic study and the autobiographical accounts of survivors are also extensive. It is accepted that drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and other self-destructive patterns of behaviour are common among abuse victims. What appears to be missing is the translation of this into a financial profile which equates to the cost to the economy in increased expenditure on the NHS & mental health services. There must also be a cost in terms of productivity.
I would ask that you consider the above and, if I am correct in my assertion, I would ask you to consider commissioning appropriate research to establish the facts.