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Acid Attacks increase

Acid attacks in the UK are increasing at an alarming rate: more than 78% over the past two years.

Most of the victims of acid attacks are males. They believe that the motivation behind such devastating attacks were either malicious or gang-related.

 

Statistics revealed by Met police showed that there were 465 acid attacks recorded in 2017 alone, almost twice the 260 cases reported in 2016 (see graph below).

One such victim was television presenter and former model Katie Piper.  The star was approached in the street by a total stranger who threw sulphuric acid at her face. The attack was caught on CCTV and her assailant was later arrested and sentenced to serve a minimum of 16 years.

Following this tragic assault, Piper launched her very own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, "making it easier to live with burns &scars". The charity offers invaluable support to acid attack victims, including Residential Burns Rehabilitation and Hair Transplant Surgery.

 

To find out more about The Katie Piper Foundation click HERE

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