The Evil of Child Abuse

It’s now become apparent that Jimmy Saville used his celebrity status to abuse at least 500 children over 6 decades. As a therapist who helps adults who were abused as children I can say sexual and emotional abuse of children often leads to depression, anxiety, low self esteem and worse. Most people I’ve helped who presented symptoms such as drug dependance, anorexia, bulimia, and chronic depression were sexually or emotionally abused as children. The sexual abuse of children is utterly abhorrent, but now emotional abuse of children will be criminalised in the UK. I support making emotional abuse of children a criminal offence.