Viewing of online child abuse images a ‘social emergency’

The numbers of people viewing online child sex abuse images in the UK amount to a “social emergency”, says the NSPCC.

A report by the charity suggests the number of individuals looking at such images could exceed half a million.

It is calling for a “robust action plan” to cut off the supply of content.

The Home Office says it is working with law enforcers, companies and voluntary organisations to stamp out online child exploitation.

In the past five years the number of offences recorded by police of viewing child sexual abuse images under the Obscene Publications Act has more than doubled across the UK, reaching a total of 8,745 in 2015.

But the NSPCC believes the true scale of offending in the UK to be far greater.

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Judge Sean Enright jailed Michael Chase for 14 years and Lara Chase for 13 years at Peterborough Crown Court

A judge, who jailed a husband and wife accused of sexually assaulting a 13-month-old, has described the case as “the worse abuse of a baby I have ever seen”.

Judge Sean Enright made the comment as he jailed Michael and Lara Chase to a total of 27 years at Peterborough Crown Court today.

Michael Chase was sentenced to 14 years in prison and Lara Chase was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Passing the sentences, Judge Enright said: “This is the worst abuse of a baby I have seen and the pictures are quite appalling and horrific to look at.

The feeling of revulsion returns every time those photographs are opened.”

The court heard that the couple photographed the baby being abused before distributing the vile images via the internet messaging service WhatsApp to other people.

The court heard that in one assault security guard Mr Chase masturbated over the child, while Pharmacy assistant Mrs Chase’s hand can be seen in the photo.


In a second assault Mr Chase films himself sexually assaulting the baby in a hot tub in his garden, the court heard.

The couple’s house was raided by police in December 19, 2014.

Various equipment was seized including computers and mobiles phones.

As well as thousands of indecent images which were found on computers and mobiles phones police discovered the terrible extent of abuse the couple had carried out.

They were both arrested on January 29 last year.

Mr Chase made admissions in interview and pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the baby twice and making indecent images of the child on one occasion.

The court heard that officers from the police’s hightech criminal force unit investigated and found thousands of indecent images of children.

These included 4,525 still and moving images that he made and 1,577 indecent images which he was in possession of.

Mr Chase pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of possessing and making indecent images of children.

He was jailed for eight years for the first sexual assault and six years for the hot tub assault to run consecutively.

For the other counts of possession and making indecent images and films of children he was jailed 12 months for the other counts to run concurrently.

Mrs Chase denied all allegations but was found guilty by a jury on Monday.

She was jailed for nine years for two counts of sexual assault and three years for one count of distributing some of the images her husband took.

Mrs Chase had told the court she was unaware of the abuse but the jury dismissed her claims after it was found that her husband took the images in the same room using a flash.

Prosecuting for the CPS, Nicola Devas: “Both the defendants regularly looked after the child and indeed suggested to the parents that they could do that.

“They trusted the defendants with their child.

“They had no idea at all of the abuse (the child) was suffering.”

In a victim impact statement read out to the court by Ms Devas said: “They are thankful that the child has not been affected although (the child) is now at an age where they pick up the sense of stress and bad atmosphere this has caused.

“The affect is a huge breach of trust and they carry the guilt of letting that child be looked after their abuser forever.

“The abuse has brought a huge strain on their marriage and they are trying to stay strong for the child.

“They are concerned when (the child) is old enough to want to have sleep overs with (the child’s) friends how they are going to trust that to happen.”

The court heard that Mr Chase explained that he was seriously abused sexually as a child which led him to search for indecent images of children.

In mitigation for Mr Chase, Roger Harrison said: “This defendant acknowledges entirely the gravity of his actions and he says he feels sick about what he has done. He wants to apologise for his actions.”

In mitigation for Mrs Chase, Karen Robinson said: “Her life in reality has been destroyed by these proceedings.

“We would ask the court to impose as low a sentence as can be consistent with this court.”

She added: “She poses a low risk of reoffending and would invite the court to consider as short a period as possible.”

Mr Chase was charged for two sexual assaults, one count of making indecent images, four counts of taking indecent images, four counts of possession of indecent images and one count of possession of an extreme pornographic image.

Mrs Chase was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and one count of distributing.

Mr Chase will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 20 years and his wife will be subject to the same for 15 years.

Teenagers aged 14 and 15 arrested on suspicion of raping young boy

The boys, aged 14 and 15, were being questioned about the attack on Thursday, which happened between two schools

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of raping a boy in a park.

The boys, aged 14 and 15, were being questioned about the attack on Thursday, which happened between two schools.

The victim is believed to be aged around 12.

The suspects were taken to police cells and are still in custody and being questioned about the male rape.

Detectives from a child-abuse unit have been drafted in as part of the investigation at Aylesbury, Bucks.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police confirmed that the youths arrested were aged 14 and 15 years.

The location of the attack is near to two schools, Berryfields Church of England Primary and the Aylesbury Vale Academy.

Police said that the alleged incident occurred in a park.

Detectives who are investigating the allegations are appealing for witnesses who were in the area at around 6.30pm on Thursday evening, to contact them.

Detective Inspector Phil Hayes from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “I would ask anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in or around Mayberry Park evening to contact police urgently on 101.

Paedophile children’s doctor jailed for 22 years over abuse of boys

Children’s cancer doctor Myles Bradbury, who admitted sexually abusing 18 boys in his care, was handed a 22-year prison sentence today.

A judge described his crimes as “one of the worst forms of sexual abuse imaginable”. Some of the victims were gravely sick at the time and have since died from their illnesses.

A lack of staff at the government’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre led to vital information on paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury not being passed to police in time, a former Detective Sergeant with CEOP told ITV News.

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Jazz singer Craig McMurdo jailed for ‘sexting’ girl, 13

Craig McMurdo, 49, sent the teenager explicit text messages containing naked images of himself and other men between December 2011 and August 2012

A jazz singer who “sexted” a 13-year-old girl before being caught with child abuse images has been jailed for two and a half years.

Craig McMurdo, 49, sent the teenager explicit text messages containing naked images of himself and other men between December 2011 and August 2012.

Order in Court: supporting children giving evidence

Support the NSPCC campaign in demanding a justice system fit for children

Giving evidence in court is a distressing experience for anyone, but for children who have been victims of horrific forms of cruelty such as sexual abuse, it can add to the trauma they have already suffered.

Over half of child witnesses in the justice system experience symptoms of stress, such as depression, panic attacks, eating and sleeping problems, and self-harm. Some are even suicidal.

read more here Order in Court: supporting children giving evidence| NSPCC.

Claire Semmens jailed over Aaron Hughes toddler rape

A babysitter has been jailed for 16 years for giving a three-year-old boy to a known paedophile who drugged and raped him.

Claire Semmens, 28, of Cardiff, handed the boy to Aaron Hughes, who was jailed for life for sex attacks on the toddler.

She admitted causing a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing indecent images at Cardiff Crown Court.


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Child sexual abuse in South Africa

South Africa has some of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world.A survey by CIET found 60% of both boys and girls thought it was not violence to force sex upon someone they knew, while around 11% of boys and 4% of girls admitted to forcing someone else to have sex with them. In a related survey conducted among 1,500 schoolchildren in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, a quarter of all the boys interviewed said that ‘jackrolling’, a term for gang rape, was fun. More than half the interviewees insisted that when a girl says no to sex she really means yes.

Child-on-child sexual abuse

Child-on-child sexual abuse refers to a form of child sexual abuse in which a prepubescent child is sexually abused by one or more other children or adolescent youths, and in which no adult is directly involved. The term describes sexual activity between children that occurs without consent, without equality, or as a result of coercion.This includes when one of the children uses physical force, threats, trickery or emotional manipulation to elicit cooperation. Child-on-child sexual abuse is further differentiated from normative sexual play or anatomical curiosity and exploration (i.e. “playing doctor”) because of overt and deliberate actions directed at sexual stimulation or orgasm.In many instances, the initiator exploits the other child’s naïveté, and the victim is unaware of the nature of what is happening to them. When sexual abuse is perpetrated by one sibling upon another, it is known as “intersibling abuse”



The incidence of child-on-child sexual abuse is not known with any certainty, similar to abuse by adults. It frequently goes unreported because it is not widely known of in the public, and often occurs outside of adults’ supervision. Even if known by adults, it is sometimes dismissed as harmless by those who do not understand the implications.In particular, intersibling abuse is under-reported relative to the reporting rates for parent-child sexual abuse, and disclosure of the incest by the victim during childhood is rare.



Children who were sexually victimized by other minors, including intersibling abuse, show largely the same problems as children victimized by adults, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicide, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and difficulty trusting peers in the context of relationships. The victim often has distorted beliefs about what happened to them, sometimes even thinking they were the initiator or that they went through the act voluntarily.

Major factors that affect the severity of symptoms include the use of force or coercion, the frequency of the abuse, and the invasiveness of the act. An increased risk of victimization later in life has also been reported.