12% of children in 'high-income' countries have endured abuse, inquiry told

12% of children in 'high-income' countries have endured abuse, inquiry told

The Hearld, June 1, 2017

More than one in eight children in well-off countries around the world say they have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, Scotland's child abuse inquiry has heard.

Even more - one in five - has been at the receiving end of violence from a parent or caregiver, the inquiry was told.

The hearing heard claims there is a "huge gap" between the cases known about by authorities and what children actually report when they are questioned in a confidential survey.

The evidence emerged on the second day of the public hearing phase of the inquiry in Edinburgh.

The public evidence-gathering sessions in the far-reaching probe got under way on Wednesday with a series of opening statements from a variety of organisations.

More than 60 residential institutions, including several top private schools, are being investigated  . . . 

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