East Midlands: NSPCC calls for more support for young witnesses

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Thousands of child sexual abuse victims are being left frightened, depressed and even suicidal after giving evidence in court - 25 years after a major government inquiry said they should never be forced to do so, the NSPCC reveals today.

More than half of these young witnesses suffer symptoms of stress, following searing cross-examinations from lawyers or distressing court encounters with the person accused of abusing them.

Last year, the NSPCC’s ChildLine service helped 1,200 children who were deeply concerned about giving evidence – an 11 per cent increase on the previous year.


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