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Nine child sex offences recorded every day in Wales

Figures reveal a rise in child sex offences in Wales Credit: PA

Nine child sex offences are recorded in Wales every day, according to figures found by NSPCC Cymru Wales.

The figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request showed more than 3,000 offences were recorded in Wales last year. That's a rise of 36% from last year.

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Offences flagged as having an online element

The charity believe the increase is down to a number of reasons including improved police recording methods, survivors feeling more confident to disclose abuse and a rise in online grooming.

NSPCC Cymru Wales have launched a new campaign called PANTS to make children aware of what sexual abuse is and advice about how to stay safe from it.

These abhorrent crimes can shatter a child's life, leaving them to feel humiliated, depressed, or even suicidal. It's important that children recognise they are being abused and can speak out to stop the abuse. That is why it is crucial every single child who has endured abuse and needs support must get timely, thorough help so they can learn to rebuild their lives.

– Des Mannion, NSPCC Cymru Wales