Liverpool encourages more young people to report sex assaults
COUNSELLORS at the
ChildLine, base in Liverpool, are encouraging more young people to
speak out about sex assaults, as new research from the NSPCC shows
that thousands of teenage girls across the UK who are sexually
assaulted by boys suffer in silence.
Research undertaken by the NSPCC with young adults shows as many as
280,000 young girls in the UK could be affected at some point if the
figures were extrapolated out.
Adolescents are responsible for around a third of all sex offences
committed against children and in three out of four of these cases
the victim will know the offender. However, teenage girls will often
accept the abuse as part of a relationship or don't know how to stop
While the majority (66%) of those abused by an adult report what's
happened, fewer than one in five tell anyone if the offender is a
young person, according to the charity which runs the UK wide
From 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011 the Liverpool ChildLine base
carried out 765 counselling interactions with the primary concern of
'Sexual Abuse'. The perpetrator was disclosed in 84%
of these counselling interactions. Only 6% of the young people who
contacted counsellors at the ChildLine's base in Liverpool said they
had been abused by another young person.
A 15 year old girl who contacted the Liverpool ChildLine base said:-
"I'm scared to say no to my boyfriend when he's touching me in
a sexual way as when I tried he hit me and touched me anyway. I'm
scared that if I say no to sex he will get it anyway, even if it is
by force. He is twice my size so I am unable to stop him."
Jon Brown, Head of the NSPCC's Head of Strategy and Development for
Sexual Abuse programme said:- "Many girls are being forced to
carry out sexual acts and in some cases are even being raped. We're
not talking about 'horse play' or teenagers experimenting, this is
often serious abuse. But unfortunately many of the girls don't see
it that way. They think it's just part of a relationship they have
with a boy or may be too embarrassed or frightened to tell anyone
about it. When an adult sexually abuses a young person there is a
greater chance it will be reported to someone; police, a parent or a
teacher. But when a teenage boy is responsible it seems to slip into
another category where the same alarm bells don't ring with the
victim. The boys who do this must learn this behaviour is not
acceptable under any circumstances otherwise they will think they
have a free rein to continue mistreating girls in this way. And the
girls may need counselling or therapy because this kind of abuse can
cause both physical and psychological harm. There is an awful lot of
pressure on them, particularly in an increasingly sexualised world
where boys can easily access pornography and get completely the
wrong idea of what a relationship is all about. So advice and
education are paramount."
The risk of a girl being sexually assaulted rises dramatically from
early teenage years with the majority of assaults being committed
against 12 to 17 year olds.
In an effort to reduce incidents of teenage sexual abuse the NSPCC
is calling for:-
► Education programmes to promote
consenting, respectful relationships and dispel the perception girls
are just sex objects.
► Young people to seek help, through
ChildLine, teachers or parents if they are being forced, pressured
or coerced into carrying out sex acts.
Sue Minto, Head of ChildLine, said:- "It's vitally important
that young girls get help and support if they find themselves in a
situation where they are being coerced into having sex. Frequently
they will feel this is just part of growing up and won't recognise
that it's wrong. Fewer than 6% of the 765 contacts we had at the
Liverpool base last year about sexual abuse were from children
saying they had been assaulted by another young person, so this
seems to bear that out. Sometimes the abuse will happen in an
intimate relationship or it may be a friend of a friend or someone
on the edge of their social circle. But whoever it is we would want
to encourage anyone effected to talk to someone about it, or contact
us confidentially by phone on:- 0800 11 11 or go
Every year more than 50,000 child victims of sexual abuse miss out
on therapy because of a shortfall in services. The NSPCC is working
on the frontline to help fill this gap by introducing a raft of new
programmes including, 'Letting the Future in' which
will provide structured sessions to help these children rebuild
Flowers at Charity Fundraiser
GREEN fingered Southport
residents are invited to join a local fundraising committee for an
afternoon of tea, treats and flower arranging in aid of a local
cancer research charity.
The Tea and Scones Afternoon will feature a flower arranging
demonstration by expert Val Donaldson, with the finished designs
being put up for auction to raise further funds for the charity,
which provides grants to support fundamental research in the North
West of England and Wales into the causes of cancer and how it
Alongside the workshop there will be stalls selling homemade
chocolates, cards and pashminas
The Tea and Scones Afternoon has been organised by the Southport
committee in support of NWCRF’s O-Very Campaign, which aims to raise
awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the genetic
predispositions amongst men and women.
Olive Cutts, chair of the committee said:- "This is our first
event in our 2012 fundraising calendar and we’re hoping to raise at
least £500.We can’t wait to see all of the finished designs and hope
to see some new faces joining us for what I’m sure will be a lovely
and informative afternoon."
Anne Jackson, NWCRF CEO, added:- "The Southport Committee have
a real flair for putting on colourful events and the Tea and Scones
Afternoon sounds like it’s going to be no exception. The event will
help us raise awareness of the O-Very campaign and contribute
towards funding vital cancer research projects at Liverpool, Bangor
The Tea and Scones Afternoon will be held at the Masonic Hall on
Wednesday, 7 March 2012, from 2pm. Tickets are £6 and are available
on the door or by contacting Olive Cutts on:- 01704 578900.
First Sex Trafficking Opera To Premiere In The UK
OFFICIALLY supported by a
staggering total of 11 national and international NGOs and bodies
including The United Nations, 'Anya17' is the world's
first Opera to reveal the hidden world of Sex Trafficking in the UK.
Anya17 premieres on 7 March 2012 in Liverpool before a second
performance in Manchester on 9 March 2012.
Written to raise awareness of a secretive £20,000,000,000 industry
which is second only in scope to the Drugs trade, Anya17 will relate
the compelling, intertwined stories of just four of the estimated
700,000 women and young girls who are deceived and trafficked into
the EU every year and propelled into a maelstrom of deceit and
Composed by British Composer Award winner Adam Gorb to an original
Libretto by Ben Kaye, Anya 17 was nominated for an award at The
House of Lords even before its first performance. Two days later Ben
Kaye found himself at 10 Downing Street and has just been invited to
The House of Commons.
Inspired by true stories of Trafficking victims and directed by the
'Pete Postlethwaite Award' winning Director Caroline
Clegg, Anya17 will explore the stark choices facing the victims of
Sex Trafficking; compliance, violence or escape through drugs,
alcohol or death. Perhaps ultimately death is indeed… the only true
Anya17 will be conducted by the renowned Clark Rundell and performed
by and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10. The
semi-staged production's Cast is drawn from the RNCM, whose young
students have recently spent time with Trafficking victims to
complete the research into their roles.
Composer Adam Gorb and Librettist Ben Kaye have
developed a reputation for making difficult subjects accessible.
Their first collaboration 'Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall'
with John McCarthy CBE explored his five years of mental
torture in the Lebanon and was described by BBC Radio 3's Sean
Rafferty as 'Powerful stuff. A protest Cantata, the first of a
genre.' Their last joint venture 'Eternal Voices'
with Sir Trevor McDonald OBE also resonated. Inspired by the
diaries of Royal Marines wounded or killed in Afghanistan, this
harrowing but ultimately uplifting work enjoyed a sell-out premiere,
a standing ovation, numerous TV and radio broadcasts and raised over
£35,000 for Charity.
Anya17 will premiere in Liverpool on 7 March 2012, from 7.30pm, as
one half of an evening at The Epstein Theatre, which will open
specially for the occasion following its recent one million pound
refurbishment, prior to its official re-opening later in the year.
The second performance will take place in Manchester at the RNCM on
9 March 2012, again from 7.30pm. Plans are currently underway to
secure additional performances in London, elsewhere in the UK and in
Strasbourg as part of the UK's Presidency of The Council of Europe.
Ben Kaye explained:- "All Poets and Writers
feel deeply as that is their nature, and we hope that our words will
resonate in the minds of others. I could have written some
saccharine analgesic (and don't even ask me about the £60,000 spent
on the opera to celebrate Slough), but to me the role of any
Creative is to ask all of us to constantly re-examine our view of
the world. Sometimes that involves bringing to light some
Ben's other pipeline projects include the librettos (stories and
words) for 2 brand new contemporary Operas, "Alia" and
the mystifying "Gregor", as well as a large scale
Oratorio (a mini Opera) with the 'Royal Wedding / Military
Wives' Composer Paul Mealor entitled 'The Farthest
Shore', the work for which begins in April 2012.
Anyas17's official supporters include: The United Nations (UN.GIFT),
The Human Trafficking Foundation, Unseen UK, STOP UK, Unchosen, Stop
The Traffik, ECPAT UK, City Hearts, Anti-Slavery International, The
Salvation Army, The Purple Teardrop Campaign, Catherine Bearder MEP,
Tony Lloyd MP and Bob Walter MP.
Related YouTube links:-
MP Tony Lloyd speaks about Human Trafficking following his recent
visit to an Anya17 rehearsal; to see click on
Anya17 Rehearsal footage from the RNCM; to see click on