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Susie Orbach's sober documentary about the sexual abuse of children was horrifying but timely

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Ok, it's not very festive, I admit, but it is topical… On Tuesday morning, Radio 4 took a sober look at paedophilia in the UK in Analysing the Sex Offender. Susie Orbach, an intelligent and engaging presenter as well as an impressive psychoanalyst in her own right, talked to experts and… well, just experts. What she discovered was interesting, if utterly appalling. Here are some stats to ruin your cornflakes. Around 10% of children are sexually abused, with girls around twice as likely as boys to be victims. Predatory paedophiles such as Jimmy Savile are rare compared with the offender who abuses one or two children, within the bounds of his family or friends, »

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