Thousands of sexual offences committed against Hampshire children, NSPCC reveals

Around 10 per cent of all sexual offences in 2016/17 were committed against children. Picture: Supplied
Around 10 per cent of all sexual offences in 2016/17 were committed against children. Picture: Supplied

PARENTS and carers in Portsmouth are being urged to talk to their children about how to stay safe from sexual abuse, following new figures about child sexual offences.

Police statistics obtained by the NSPCC showed that Hampshire Constabulary recorded 2,634 sexual offences against under 18s in 2016/17.

In response, the NSPCC has relaunched its Talk PANTS campaign, encouraging parents to talk to their children about staying safe from sexual abuse.

Emma Motherwell, NSPCC local campaigns manager, said: ‘We know that lots of parents have already used Talk PANTS to speak to their children about the dangers they may face from sexual abuse as they grow up, both in the online and offline world.

‘The figures we have revealed today show that we all need to do more to help young children learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, these conversations should be as normal as teaching them to cross the road.”