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Commissioner signs petition in campaign to protect children
Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, has signed an online petition in his support for a new campaign, which aims to make it a criminal offence for an adult to intentionally send a child a sexual message.
The current laws on this issue are muddled and many adults believe that it is already illegal for an adult to send a child a sexual message.
The 'Flaw in the Law' campaign, launched today (24 October) by the children's charity NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), urges the public and supporters to sign an online petition calling for the law to be reformed.
Mr Hogg said: "The protection of children in our communities is paramount and it is disappointing that, according to Childline, the number of children counselled about online sexual abuse more than doubled last year."
The NSPCC hopes to use the Serious Crime Bill, now being debated in Parliament, as an opportunity to tailor the law to better protect children from sexual abuse.
"The campaign should also raise awareness and help some adults to think more carefully about the types of images children may have access to" said Mr Hogg. "I have signed the petition today and widely encourage others to do the same."
Reducing the impact of Domestic Abuse, particularly violence against women and girls’ is one of the policing priorities Mr Hogg has tasked the Chief Constable to deliver in the Police and Crime Plan 2013-17.
The proposed law would apply in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 already makes it an offence to send or direct sexual communication to a child or young person.
Posted on Friday 24th October 2014