By 2008 the number had grown to 2,232.
At March 2015 the number has grown to 3,144.
A 23 percent rise in the first seven year period.
A 41 percent rise in the latter 7 year period.
The Government's latest report card for the public service shows an increase in the number of children and young people being assaulted - a trend that Labour describes as "dreadful".
The trend was also "dreadful" under Labour.
Perhaps less dreadful but dreadful nevertheless.
The politicisation of this awful blight gets us nowhere. Naturally any incumbent government can find explanations eg greater reporting and so greater opportunity to discover and substantiate. Naturally the opposition can discount this.
And so it goes...