Family Lives Responds to: Three Men Kidnapped 13 Year Old Girl

“We welcome the jail sentences passed down to these degenerate individuals found guilty of abusing a 13 year old girl. Early intervention when tackling sexual exploitation is essential to ensure that individuals are free from sexual and gender-based violence.  Age-appropriate education and information will help reduce the likelihood of young people being at risk of suffering negative physical, social, emotional experiences.  Family Lives is committed to helping teenagers develop positive gender relationships and has already worked with over 6000 young people in schools and communities to address sexual exploitation, early sexualisation and its influences on teen behaviour.  Funding needs to be made available to schools and colleges and other professionals to enable them to deliver awareness training to staff and young people around Sexualisation, Objectification, Sexual Bullying, Abuse and Peer Pressure so they can identify the early signs of this activity and engender inner resilience to stop exploitation happening to young people in our communities." 

Family Lives urges any parent, family member or teacher concerned about a child or groups sexual behaviour to call Family Lives' free helpline on 0808 800 2222, for help and support.”

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive