Nearly 500 young Scots charged with rape in five years
The BBC have got a hold of a set of shocking figures this morning through the freedom of information act and it shows that nearly 500 under eighteen year olds in Scotland have been charged with rape.
The figures also show that nineteen of these charges were brought against children under 10-year olds.
Also a total of 755 charges were brought against under 18s for indecency or sexual offences last year.
In 2007/8 police or courts dealt with 2,088 sexual offences by under 18s, including 244 cases involving pre-teenage children.
Under Scottish law of criminal responsibility is currently aged eight, compared with the age of 10 under English law.
What a horrible set of figures though I must admit mankind stopped shocking me years ago.
Police in Scotland have brought almost 500 rape charges against children and teenagers under the age of 18 in the past five years.
Nineteen of these charges were brought against eight, nine or 10-year olds.
During the same period, three out of four specialist residential units treating sexually aggressive young people have closed.
The figures were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act as part of a BBC Scotland investigation.
A total of 755 charges were brought against under 18s for indecency or sexual offences last year.
Another case, not included in that total, involved a four-year-old in the Grampian area reported for indecent assault.