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    There has been a drastic increase in reports of child sexual abuse.

    Sergeant Michelle Lewis of the Child Protection Unit gave statistics today, during the weekly police briefing.

    Audio: Lewis Sexual Abuse Stats 14 11 18

    Overall, Sergeant Lewis says there has been a 59% increase in reports of serious crimes against children in 2018.

    Of the 584 reports received, 353 are currently before the courts.

    Sergeant Lewis also warned about the impact of domestic violence and other crimes on children who witness it.

    Audio: Lewis Impact on Children 14 11 18

    Sergeant Michelle Lewis of the Child Protection Unit.