Time to tackle sex talk among teens

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Sexting and the impact of readily available pornography will be among subjects discussed at the next ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign meeting.

The project, backed by city MP’s Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual harassment.

The meeting will take place on June 28 at an as yet undecided venue. It will examine incidents of sexual harassment among young people.

Among the topics due to be discussed are sexting – the act of sending sexually explicit messages and photographs via mobile phones – and the impact of pornography, particularly considering how prevelant it can now be on Tablet and mobile devices.

The first meeting in the campaign took place last month and addressed domestic violence. Attendees heard a moving account from a victim, who revealed how it had effected her and her children.

It was also revealed that domestic violence spreads beyond assaults on women by their partners, with other examples including elderly relatives who are bullied by their children into giving up their money and soldiers, back from Iraq and Afghanistan, who are unable to settle back in England and end up being kicked out of their homes.

One attendee, Harleena Basi, from IMK Solicitors, said: “As a lawyer that works with women in crises, the issue of domestic violence is a serious concern.

“It really was great to see Mark and Iain spearheading the initiative to raise awareness of this issue.

“I hope the next meeting in June will be just as successful.”

MP for Milton Keynes South, Mr Stewart, said: “I am glad to see the Government has taken some significant steps in dealing with this issue at definition, funding and policy levels.

“I am looking forward to further raising awareness of this often silent crime over the coming months both in my constituency and in Westminster.”

And his MK North colleague Mr Lancaster added: “The quality of contribution and level of openness by all in attendance were quite incredible.

“I can only encourage anyone who is experiencing this appalling situation to please come forward and get the help they need.”

For more information on the ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign people can contact the MPs’ office on 01908 686830.