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Police investigate 27 reports of rape in Northern Ireland schools

The Department of Education said it took child safety seriously.
The Department of Education said it took child safety seriously.

The PSNI has investigated 27 rape allegations in schools across Northern Ireland over the past three years, it has been reported

Over the weekend an investigation by the BBC found that the PSNI recorded 259 reports of sex offences in Northern Ireland schools between 2012 and 2015.

On Wednesday, the BBC reported a more detailed breakdown showed that 27 of those reported attacks were allegations of rape.

Police also revealed reports of 76 sexual assaults on female victims and 55 sex attacks on male victims on school premises.

The figures were released under Freedom of Information and may relate to historical incidents that may have only been reported during the three year period.

Figures also showed that 79 complaints were about sexual activity with a child while indecent exposure and voyeurism accounted for 17 of the overall number of complaints to police.

The Department of Education has said it takes child protection "very seriously" and has issued advice to schools.

"The needs and safety of the children and young people concerned must always be paramount," said a spokeswoman.

The BBC Radio 5 Live investigation discovered that more than 5,500 alleged sex crimes in UK schools were reported to police between 2012 and 2015.

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