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School based programmes may help children to report sexual abuse, Cochrane review concludes

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 17 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2060
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Children who are taught at school about preventing sexual abuse are more likely than others to report it, a Cochrane review has concluded, but it added that more research is needed to evaluate whether school based prevention programmes actually reduce the incidence of sexual abuse.

At least 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 20 boys experience some form of sexual abuse in childhood, it is estimated. School based programmes for preventing child sexual …

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