New data points to over 5,500 cases of sexual assaults in UK schools, reported to the British police over the past three years.
The figures, obtained by the state-run BBC through Freedom of Information requests sent to all British forces, showed there were nearly 4,000 alleged physical sexual assaults and more than 600 rapes at UK schools in the period.
They showed more than 1,500 victims were under 13, and in some cases both the victims and the suspects were just 5-years-old.
However, details about the rest of the assaults – those not carried out through the so-called “peer-on-peer” abuse – were unclear.
The sexual offences were recorded by the police at schools during the last three academic years from 2012 to 2015. Police Scotland provided figures for 2011-2013, the report added.