Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Underage Sex Now Normal Part of Growing Up in UK

Children left at risk of abuse as social services turn a blind eye to underage sex: Damning report says focus on preventing pregnancy and diseases is leaving under-16s vulnerable
By Claire Duffin For The Daily Mail

Children are at risk of abuse because underage sex is now seen as a ‘normal part of growing up’, a damning report warns.

Health and social workers are prioritising the prevention of underage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, meaning sex among under-16s is unchallenged, the Family Education Trust claims.

It says an ‘expectation’ that all under-16s will be sexually active has left them vulnerable to exploitation, because questions are not asked about their partners.

 Children are at risk of abuse because underage sex is now seen as a ‘normal part of growing up’,
a damning report warns (file photo)

Its research follows scandals in which troubled young girls have been groomed and exploited by older men after being let down by police and social services.

The trust examined seven serious case reviews, including those into the scandals in Bristol and Oxfordshire, and the independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

A common theme in all cases was a failure by professionals to challenge girls about underage sex for, among other things, a fear of being seen as judgmental. That meant warning signs of abuse were missed.

In Rochdale, it was claimed that a ‘preoccupation with reducing teenage pregnancy rates had encouraged a culture in which underage sexual activity went unchallenged and many young people were placed at risk of sexual exploitation’.

An inquiry into the scandal found one girl became pregnant at the age of 14 and told a crisis intervention team the father was 21. No action was taken.

Norman Wells, director of the trust and report author, said: ‘Relaxed attitudes towards underage sex has led to what can only be described as a paralysis in child protection agencies as far apart as Rochdale in the north, Torbay in the south, Thurrock in the east and Liverpool in the west.'

Social workers are prioritising the prevention of underage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, meaning sex among under-16s is unchallenged, a report claims (file photo)

‘Even though the normalisation of underage sex has been identified repeatedly in the serious case reviews as a reason for the complacency of child protection agencies, there is no indication of a willingness to address these underlying issues either at the local or the national level.’

Professor David Paton, from Nottingham University Business School, said the 152-page report was ‘utterly damning’.

He added: ‘A clear picture emerges of a culture in which underage sexual activity has come to be viewed as a normal part of growing up and seen as relatively harmless as long as it is consensual. An unhealthy emphasis on confidentiality has been used too often as an excuse to exclude parents who might have been in a position to help stop the abuse at an earlier stage.’

The trust wants a ban on contraception and sex advice for under-16s and new guidance to give ‘explicit recognition to the role of parents’. A review of Crown Prosecution Service guidance ‘with a view to ensuring that due rigour is restored to the law on the age of consent’ is also needed, it said.

Advice from the CPS currently states that when both parties are under 16, they would not normally be prosecuted for underage sex – unless there are aggravating factors, such as exploitation – so as not to criminalise children.

But Helen Marshall, chief executive of sexual health charity, Brook, said it is ‘extremely concerned’ about the ‘negative arguments made throughout this report linking the two very separate issues of underage sex and child sexual exploitation’. She added: ‘Despite societal assumptions and the complex challenges that young people face, the average age of first sexual activity in the UK is 16.

‘The priority for Brook is not to criminalise healthy behaviour but to continue to identify vulnerable young people through our confidential and accessible services.


Pictured: Kelsey Shaw and her daughter, before she was murdered by boyfriend Callum Wilcocks in 2011

Bristol (2016): Thirteen Somalian men raped and trafficked British schoolgirls as young as 13 after plying them with drugs. Doctors and sexual health providers were found to have given contraception to girls as young as 12 who suffered bleeding and needed tests for STDs.

Oxfordshire (2015): Seven men were jailed following a police investigation into child sexual abuse. Girls, aged 11 to 15, were given alcohol and drugs before being forced to perform sex acts. A serious case review found a ‘lack of professional curiosity’ meant there was ‘no exploration of why a girl in a deeply troubled family was using contraceptives at 12’.

Liverpool (2013): Kelsey Shaw became pregnant aged 13 and was murdered by her jealous drug dealer boyfriend Callum Wilcocks in 2011 following years of abuse. A serious case review found Miss Shaw went ‘unrecognised as a child too often’.

Rochdale (2013): Nine Asian men were jailed in May 2012 for offences including rape. The gang ‘passed around’ girls as young as 13. A report found: ‘The drive to reduce teenage pregnancy, whilst commendable in itself, is believed to have contributed to a culture whereby professionals may have become inured to early sexual activity in young teenagers.’

Torbay (2013): Jake Ormerod was jailed in 2011 for sex attacks on eight girls under 15. Police said he was part of a gang that preyed on 139 girls who had run away from home. A review found health workers more focused on handing out contraception than spotting abuse.