The Evening Standard is reporting that more than 1,000 rapes and sexual assaults were reported at schools and nurseries across London in the past four years.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show 83 rapes alleged to have taken place in schools or nurseries in London were reported to police.
This was coupled with 921 other sexual assaults that were also reported as taking place in schools and nurseries – meaning 1,004 sex attacks in total were recorded by police.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman stressed that although the crimes had taken place in schools, the victims were not neccessarily pupils.
In response to the figures, an NSPCC spokesman said: “Schools should be safe places where pupils can fulfil their potential, so it’s disturbing that so many children have been victims of sexual crimes.
“These figures should be a wake up call to all schools to review their safeguarding procedures and ensure all pupils feel able to speak out and seek help whenever they need it.”
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