SHOCKING new figures have emerged revealing one in five children suffer sexual abuse in Spain.
A total of four girls and one in seven boys are abused, the majority by their own family.
Now an association is demanding the country takes notice of the alarming statistics that are apparently higher than many other parts of Europe, including the UK.
The group, ASPASI, called a protest in Madrid last week claiming the number of victims could be far higher as most cases go unreported.
Under the banner ‘break the silence’ it launched a new ‘invisible’ campaign to raise awareness.
The group revealed that 80 per cent of cases take place in family surroundings and ‘mostly’ go under the radar.
According to association president Margarita García Marqués most abusers are ‘people who lead normal family lives’ and are ‘fully-integrated into society’, helping them to get away with it.
Around 19 per cent of the adult population in Spain – 15.2 per cent of men and 22.5 per cent of women – has actually admitted to suffering abuse in childhood.
In comparison, recent figures by the NSPCC in the UK showed that one in nine young adults (11.3 per cent) admitted to experiencing abuse during childhood.