Professor Jenny Pearce, who studies young people and public policy, said she believes the extent of sexual exploitation has not been acknowledged before because many people are inclined to see young people as "demons" rather than "victims".
She was asked if she welcomed the report:
- 2,409 confirmed victims in the 14 months to October 2011
- Of these, 28% from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
- 16,500 at "high risk" of sexual exploitation in the 11 months to March 2011
- Of the 1,500+ alleged perpetrators, about a third were white - the largest ethnic group
Deputy Children's Commissioner, Sue Berelowitz, has told Daybreak that her report into child sexual exploitation "is a wake-up call."
She added: "We are saying to government, to local authorities and police forces, you have to take this very seriously ."
Thousands of children each year are being sexually exploited by gangs and groups in England, according to a report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
Daybreak's Katy Fawcett reports:
The report's leader, Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz, said the "model" of Asian men targeting white girls was just one of "a number of models", and warned that if investigators concentrated on those patterns, victims could fall through the net.
The Office of the Children's Commissioner report found that the majority of the victims were girls and there had been a higher rate of victimisation amongst black and ethnic minority children than has been previously identified.
- Of the 2,409 victims, 28% were from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
The report also included 13 warning signs that authorities can look for in children for signs of abuse - including drug or alcohol abuse, self harm and physical injuries.
The leader of the report into child sexual exploitation, Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz, said the abuse some children face "can be relentless".
The report into child sexual exploitation - entitled 'I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world' - comes after nine Asian men who groomed white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale with drink and drugs were jailed in May.
Judge Gerald Clifton told the defendants at Liverpool Crown Court that one of the reasons they targeted their victims was because they were not part of their community or religion.
Documents that recently emerged reportedly showed agencies in Rotherham were aware of allegations of widespread targeted abuse of teenage girls in the town by groups of Asian men.
Gangs are sexually exploiting thousands of children every year in England, according to an interim report.
Figures published midway through a two-year inquiry showed that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims between August 2010 and October 2011.
A further 16,500 were at "high risk" of sexual exploitation between April 2010 and March 2011, a probe by the Office of the Children's Commissioner revealed.