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1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians

Police across the country are investigating more than 1,400 men – including 261 high-profile individuals – over allegations of child abuse in the past, a senior officer running the national operation has revealed.

The scale of alleged child abuse across society – both recent and non-recent – was stark, said Ch Const Simon Bailey, who runs Operation Hydrant, the national coordinating team overseeing the various inquiries.

Figures from police forces in England and Wales published on Wednesday reveal that 1,433 men have been identified in reports of alleged abuse by victims, since the operation was set up in 2014.

Of these 216 are dead, 76 are politicians, both national and local figures, 43 are from the music industry, 135 from TV, film or radio and seven from the world of sport. The cases include recent high-profile convictions, including Rolf Harris, Gary Glitter and Max Clifford.

Hundreds of institutions have been identified by victims of non-recent abuse as places where their abuse took place. These include 154 schools, 75 children’s homes, 40 religious institutions, 14 medical establishments, 11 community groups, nine prisons or young offender institutions, nine sports venues and 28 other places including military establishments.

Bailey warned that the number of victims could run into the hundreds of thousands, and called for much more support for survivors of child abuse. He said he believed that the enormous increase in reports of all types of child sexual abuse – which have risen by 71% since 2012 to 116,000 reports this year – was not just down to more victims coming forward.

Instead, Bailey warned that the internet was creating the opportunity for more abuse to take place, and said live-streaming of child abuse on mobile phones was the next challenge facing law enforcers.

Bailey said the number of reports of abuse, both by adults of historical abuse, and by children today, was increasing on a daily basis, and the figures released on Wednesday were just a snapshot of the challenge faced by the police and society as a whole.

He supported calls for much more funding for victims of child abuse. “The government has allocated millions of pounds to provide additional support, but I am not sure that is going to be enough. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of victims,” he said.

Of the 116,000 reports of child sexual abuse this year, 52,446 are allegations of sexual abuse in the past, some involving cases going back decades. This amounts to a 166% increase in reports of non-recent abuse, said Bailey.

Detectives on Operation Hydrant are coordinating the many investigations into non-recent abuse involving both high-profile individuals and institutions, from a hub in Sheffield.

A team from Operation Hydrant is liaising with Justice Goddard to support the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Each of the 1,433 suspects has been put into a major crime database, which is cross referenced to ensure that no inquires are being duplicated and to identify suspects whose offending crossed borders. So far 30 individuals have been identified in one or more of the investigations.

Bailey said the figures were stark. “This year I am anticipating an estimated 116,000 reports of child sexual abuse will be received, that is a 71% increase since 2012, so it gives you some idea of the scale of this.

“What we are seeing is an absolutely unprecedented increase in the number of reports that are coming forward. That has brought about a step-change in the way the police service has had to deal with this. We are rising to and meeting the challenge, this is what Operation Hydrant is about.”

De esto que empiezas a hablar con un desconocido en Facebook y te das cuenta de cómo piensa medio país.

Todo ha empezado por decir que yo a un tío que plagia (Pérez-Reverte, antes de que aparezca Fino dándose por aludido) no le compraría libros, porque por qué voy a valorarlo como escritor si él no valora ni reconoce ningún mérito a la gente a la que roba. Y el desarrollo de la conversación ha sido tal que así:

Quiero que conste en acta que no, no es un troll. Lo de poner a la misma altura machista, comunista, nazi, zurdo y aficionado a la botánica y demás me ha parecido tan maravilloso que, aunque ya iba a pasar de  la conversación por surrealista (porque no estaba pa’ trolear), me ha dado la curiosidad. Total, que he seguido un  par de mensajes más, y así ha quedado la cosa.

No soy de postear las gilipolleces que digo en Facebook, pero es que me ha resultado hasta educativo, la verdad, porque a veces no somos conscientes de que el ninguneo que se da a cosas, desde los derechos de autor hasta el sexismo o el racismo, parece “broma”, sobre todo en Internet,  pero luego te das cuenta de que tiene consecuencias reales que incluso perjudican al propio “ninguneador” y SE LA SOPLA. Es maravilloso.

En fin. Disculpen las molestias. Love you.

''Prieteni pentru toți''

În fiecare judeţ, în fiecare oraş.
Peste tot există cineva care are nevoie de o îmbrăţişare si de un prieten.
Eu, abruptly-life, împreună cu Biu bruneta-cu-superi-puteri, organizăm o campanie care constă în:
-fiecare oraş care doreşte să ia parte va avea un fel de..peţitoare.
Primul care va înscrie oraşul său în campanie, devine liderul oraşului respectiv.

-2 persoane (din acelaşi oraş) se vor întâlni -liderul oraşului stabilind detaliile întâlnirii, ca locul, ora, etc, si comunicarea virtuală dintre cei 2, în speranţa că vor lega o prietenie



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¿Scott? —la castaña vociferó, chasqueando sus dedos por enfrente del moreno para llamar su atención. Éste había permanecido los últimos cinco minutos simplemente mirando al vacío, completamente ajeno a lo que Allison estaba diciendo acerca del trabajo que, por una mala jugada del destino, les habían asignado a elaborar juntos—. ¡Scott! —repitió, elevando en esta ocasión su tono. Las cosas entre los dos habían estado tensas desde lo ocurrido con Isaac y, por el bien de ambos, habían optado y acordado evitarse lo más que les fuera posible; pero ahí estaban. Condenados el uno al otro por un estúpido proyecto de química. La muchacha no se permitiría admitirlo, pero en cierta parte, le reconfortaba tener de vuelta su compañía. Le echaba de menos. Le echaba terriblemente de menos y sus inútiles excusas por tener una pequeña conversación con él se habían reducido de pocas a inexistentes—. ¿Necesitas que nos tomemos un descanso? (@devilxindie)

I’ll admit, ..I still think about it sometimes. But my god, not in the way you’d think. I think about it when I have my doubts about him and wonder why I doubt him at all. I think about it when I realize how happy I am now compared to how happy I wish I could’ve been with you but at the same time I am so happy that this is how it all worked out because I can’t help but think that one little change of the past could change everything about the future I’m living now and I don’t know what I’d do if I never crossed his path. Never caught his eye. And honestly, that’s why I still think about it. I think everything happens for a reason and I wouldn’t have this now if it weren’t for that then. The highs wouldn’t be so high without the lows so low. I still think about it only because jesus fucking christ, I am just so happy now.
—  Then to Now