Adverts warn teens about abuse

TV ads starring pop and soap stars are being used to ramp up a Government campaign highlighting abuse in teenage relationships, the Home Office announced. Two ads will run on Channel 4 and MTV this evening as part of the This is Abuse campaign.

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Anti-abuse campaign should be 'built upon' in schools

Women's campaigners want an anti-teenage abuse campaign to be "built upon" in schools so children understand "consensual and respectful relationships".

End Violence Against Women Coalition director Holly Dustin explained:

We need to wake up to the fact that girls and young women are subject to distressingly high levels of abuse from boyfriends and other peers including coercive 'sexting', 'groping' in school corridors, as well as physical abuse and rape.

So we applaud the Home Office for making a long term investment in the essential task of preventing abuse through its long running 'This Is Abuse' campaign to tackle harmful attitudes and behaviours.

This should now be built upon with work in schools around consensual and respectful relationships, and ensuring specialist support for young survivors and abusers.

– End Violence Against Women Coalition director Holly Dustin

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