Savile abuse revelations have led to us helping more victims
As we enter a new year, I would like to say a personal thank you to all of your readers in Leicestershire and Rutland who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2012.
It has been an incredibly busy year for the NSPCC, both locally and nationally.
Many people will have seen or heard about the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse inquiry in the media.
As of early December, the NSPCC and the police have identified more than 450 victims of sexual abuse by Savile, of which over 80 per cent were children or young people.
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Overall, the number of contacts to the NSPCC helpline around sexual abuse, both historic and current, has nearly tripled since the Savile revelations.
This means we can help more historic victims than ever before to finally get the support they need and, crucially, we can also protect children who are at risk right now.
Child abuse remains a widespread problem and children are still being abused today.
Our work makes a huge difference to the lives of local children and those across the UK, but we wouldn't be able to run our direct services or helplines without the amazing support of our community and corporate fund-raising groups.
In 2012, local groups organised a huge range of fund-raising events from coffee mornings and luncheons to fashion shows and carol concerts.
Local people also raised money by taking part in our Hike Against Cruelty to Kids (Hack), The Big Skydive and the London marathon. And many others helped to raise awareness of our campaigns through Facebook and Twitter. Thank you to everyone!
Next year promises to be a very exciting time for the NSPCC in Leicestershire and Rutland.
The NSPCC Leicester Service Centre will continue to pioneer new approaches to address the significant child protection problems facing local children, and the ChildLine Schools Service aims to visit even more primary schools to help ensure younger children know what abuse is and how to get help if they need it.
We have made significant strides to help children this year, but still need the public's support to continue our work.
If any of your readers would like to make a new year's resolution to help support the NSPCC either by organising an event or making a regular donation, I would love to hear from them.
People can ring me on 01780 471 007 or e-mail me at the address below.
Wishing all your readers a very happy new year.
Barbara Elsey, NSPCC Community fund-raising manager, Leicestershire and Rutland