Runaways at risk of sexual abuse

Almost one in nine young people who go missing are sexually
assaulted while they are away, according to a new report by the
National Missing Persons Helpline charity.

The level of risk of sexual abuse was increased as a result of a
third of young people staying with a stranger and a high proportion
sleeping rough.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of York,
draws on information from almost 2,000 adults and children who had
gone missing and calls for more support services for missing

Lost from View: Missing Persons in the UK from 01235

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