Let’s Talk about sexual abuse

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Community leaders, service providers and city MPs gathered recently to discuss how sexual abuse is affecting young people in the city.

A 2012 report by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre highlights a marked increase in ‘user generated indecent imagery’ by children ‘without external influence, coercion or threats from adults or others.’

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) also carried out a survey which showed that sexual bullying is most often carried out by boys against girls, although girls are increasingly harassing girls and boys in a sexual manner.

Those in attendance heard about the importance of parents and responsible adults taking time to ‘talk with’ young people about healthy relationships and online safety.

Kate Bulman, a youth instructor said “Smartphones and the internet are great tools for several reasons. However, they are also the preferred tools for sexting and sexual bullying among young people. Unfortunately, many young people do not realise that the exchange of self generated sexual imagery with their peers could be illegal. More education is needed in the regard.”

Let’s Talk is a yearlong campaign by city MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual harassment in Milton Keynes. If you are experiencing domestic violence or concerned for someone else, please contact MK-Act on 0844 375 4307.