Well done to the Telegraph here, oh Very Well Done!

Jeebus:

One in eight cases of child sex abuse go unreported, says report

That’s the headline. Sounds really very good actually. About the sort of failure rate we might expect for murder (some classified as accidents, manslaughter, missing person etc).

But that’s not actually what the report says:

Only one in eight cases of child sex abuse are identified

The Telegraph might want to reconsider that idea of firing all the decent subs…..

8 thoughts on “Well done to the Telegraph here, oh Very Well Done!”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Only one in eight cases of child sex abuse are identified

    Only one in eight cases of witch craft are identified

    Only one in eight cases of Trotskyite subversion are identified

    Only one in eight cases of Jewish ritual murders of Christianity children are identified

    It is just the usual paranoid scaremongering. I am inclined to doubt it. It is not as if there is the slightest reason for someone not to come forward. Goodies and prizes for those that do – look at the largely bogus claims against Jimmy Savile. In fact I would suggest that every single genuine case of child sex abuse is eventually reported and some significant percentage of those that are reported are actually fake.

  2. “Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, found there had been 50,000 reported cases of sex abuse over the last two years – but estimated the true number was 400,000 to 450,000.”

    She knows enough maths to multiply a known value by a value she chooses to produce a new, bigger value.
    More money please!

    “The in-depth report said abuse in the home – by parents, siblings, other relations or trusted family friends – is a far greater problem than abuse by strangers, accounting for two-thirds of all cases.”

    That was well-known, and significantly pre-dates the creation of the Internet. It’s more interesting that it seems not to have changed (despite said Internet).

    “He added: “How could it be that we can’t gamble online unless we demonstrate you are 18, but anyone can access hardcore pornography regardless of age?””

    That will be because you can’t gamble unless you provide money over the Internet. That’s because the gambling sites won’t give you free money. Providing money requires a credit or debit card transaction, and under 18s can’t get credit cards (straightforwardly). They can get debit cards, but either they’ll soon run out of money, or the card being marked as owned by a person under 18, will be blocked by the bank when used at a gambling site, but only if it announces itself to the bank.

    By contrast, pornography sites online do not require an initial stake and thus can cost nothing to view, so no card is required, but even then children are only likely to find it if they go looking for it, even without the hapless web filters.

  3. The Laughing Cavalier

    It isn’t just the telegraph, other newspapers appear to have contracted out their sub-editing to Australia.

  4. CHF: “…but estimated the true number was 400,000 to 450,000.”

    I bet she didn’t care to speculate how many of those occurred in a ….certain ‘community’?

  5. @JuliaM

    All men are rapists, so background obviously won’t matter; they merely await their activation signal from the Internet. Cultural sensitivity might be taken into account in sentencing, if caught (as indeed happened recently).

    Still, if her statistics were accurate, they clearly are unlikely to be caught.

    As regards “certain communities”, though, I wonder whether the sex education in their religious schools starts as early and is as thorough as it is in mainstream schools, and in any case, what the children are told.

  6. “I have cases whereby 12 or 13 year old boys are abusing four or five-year-old girls because of what they have seen online and think it’s normal behaviour.”

    As a youth I have memories of playing doctor which according to today’s definition is clearly sexual abuse. Kids are going to explore and many times this exploration will go beyond what can be considered comfortable. Blaming the internet for something that has happened for thousands of years only distracts from the fact that children can’t be hidden from the world. Instead of sheltering children we need to give them the knowledge to function in a world where people take advantage of ignorance.

  7. “How could it be that we can’t gamble online unless we demonstrate you are 18, but anyone can access hardcore pornography regardless of age?”

    People lie.

    Are you sure you’re 18? Click HERE to confirm you’re 18 and continue to pr0n.

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