ALMOST 500 children and teenagers have been charged with rape in Scotland in the last five years, shocking figures have revealed.
The horrifying total includes 19 rapes committed by kids aged just EIGHT,NINE and TEN.
And in one case a FOUR-YEAR-OLD was suspected of indecent assault.
More than 750 adolescents were charged with sexual offences in Scotland last year alone.
But specialist services to treat these young sex offenders have been cut - with three out of Scotland's four special residential units closing in the last four years.
And experts claim we are failing these youngsters and their victims.
The shocking statistics were obtained under Freedom of Information for tonight's BBC Sco
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