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Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has added his support to calls from the NSPCC for a change in the law to make it a crime for an adult to send a child a sexual message. The NSPCC has today (24 October) launched its ‘Flaw in the Law’ campaign with accompanying petition.
“We need to do everything we can to safeguard children and young people,” said Mr Tipping. “It seems extraordinary that in this digital age and with the heightened focus on child abuse that it isn’t necessarily illegal for an adult to send sexual messages to a minor. This campaign highlights a potential loophole in the law that needs to be closed as soon as possible.
“Digital and social media forums have a place in today’s society but we need to have appropriate measures in place to ensure that people, particularly younger members of our communities, are not subject to abuse online.”
Information about the campaign, petition and suggestions on how you can support it can be found on the NSPCC websitevisit: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/campaigns/flaw-law/