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.
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