Lots of our grandparents have reported assaults like this when their grandchildren are taken into care. It is one of the reasons why grandparents are banned by social services so the children cannot tell them about it.
Third of young people have been attacked by another child
By Thursday, 12 May 2011
f of all attacks victims were left injured and one in 10 were knocked unconscious. Image: Beatbullying
The Beatbullying survey of 1,000 16- to 25-year-olds found that 37 per cent had been attacked before they were 18 years old by someone of the same age group.
Of these attacks a quarter were sexual assaults carried out when the victim was under 16 years old.
A similar proportion of attacks involved a weapon. In half of all attacks victims were left injured and one in 10 were knocked unconscious.
The survey also looked at the effect of being attacked on victims’ lives. It was found victims were three times as likely to be in trouble with police than those who had never been assaulted by another child.
One respondent said: "I got sexually abused by a best friend’s brother, and I got very depressed. I came home to a destructive family and was continually threatened... my past still affects me to this day."
One in five victims went on to have an eating disorder, 17 per cent had been prescribed antidepressants and eight per cent had run away from home while they were children.
Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive of Beatbullying, said: "Our research reveals the severity of modern-day bullying. We’re a long way from playground name calling, with child-on-child violence and sexual violence frighteningly frequent for many young people.
"Society needs to take action and tackle this epidemic head on as a community and no longer perceive severe bullying to be an issue confined only within the school gates.