Letter: Women abuse too

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Women abuse too

Sir: Emma Kay (letters, 14 December) seeks to protect children in care by refusing to employ men in children's homes. She states that females "very rarely" abuse children.

The NSPCC (Child Abuse Trends in England & Wales for 1988-90) reports mothers as committing 12.5 per cent of known cases of sexual abuse in "non-broken" homes. This is a lot of women.

Belief that women "very rarely" abuse children often prevents complaints being investigated, so the true figures may be worse.

HENRY BUNBURY

London N8

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