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One in five adults in England and Wales experienced abuse before they were 16 years old, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS estimates that 8.5 million people aged between 18 and 74 were abused or witnessed abuse as children. Around 14% of adults who sought help from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) last year had not told anyone before. The report studies the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children. It was compiled using data from the Department for Education, the Welsh Government, Napac, and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). It also shows that at the end of March last year... Full story

14 January