UK: Number of female paedophiles nearly doubles in four years

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'The number of female paedophiles has almost doubled in four years as experts warn there is a 'lack of understanding' surrounding the abuse.

While the majority of convicted paedophiles in the UK are men, there were at least 2,297 reported cases of children being abused by women in England and Wales from 2015 and 2019, according to police figures.

The shocking figure marks an 84% increase in female perpetrated child sexual abuse, from 1,249 cases in 2015 to 2,297 four years later, a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio 4 has revealed.

Dr Andrea Darling, a criminology researcher at Durham University, told the BBC that the actual figures could be far higher as all child sexual abuse is typically underreported.

In addition, there is often a 'lack of understanding' surrounding female-perpetrated abuse.

She said: 'That means that potentially abusive behaviour that may have been picked up if the perpetrator had been a male is explained away.'

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While I am not surprised to see higher numbers of female perpetrators, it saddens me that there are more perpetrators. Period.

I am a survivor of sexual child abuse when I was a boy, committed by people outside my family. I can only speak for myself, but I think most male survivors are not concerned whether the abuser is male or female. The abuse is harmful, regardless of the sex of the perpetrator.

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