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Teenage Rape Prevention Campaign Launched

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7:01am 5th December 2012

Pirate FM has learnt nine under eighteens have been convicted of sex offences on younger teenagers in Cornwall and Devon over the last year.

But almost thirty were dealt with by restorative justice, where the victim and attacker work out a solution together.

It comes as police back a new campaign aimed at children as young as thirteen - teaching them "no means no."

In all 29 seventeen year olds in the southwest accused of a sexual assault on someone below seventeen were dealt with using restorative justice over the last year.

A police spokesperson said: "Restorative Justice is a voluntary problem solving approach. No one can 'impose' a
solution on an 'offender', or person who has caused harm. The offender or person who has caused harm must accept responsibility for their actions. The use of restorative justice for such offences is strictly controlled and would only be
used where there is a clear rationale as to its use and the victim (including parents where appropriate) specifically agrees to this course of action."

The new campaign, delivered through schools, will be backed up by TV advertising through December.rape

Detective Inspector Andrea Kingdon, from Devon and Cornwall Police’s public protection unit, said: “The average age of a victim of rape or sexual assault is 16 so it is essential that we target this age group so that they feel confident to challenge and report sexually violent behaviour and avoid dangerous situations.
“The teenage years are generally when people start experimenting with sexual activity so it is important that they understand what constitutes rape and sexual assault, that consent is required and that it is illegal to have sex with someone under the age of 16.

“The age in which sexual advice is delivered to teenagers is a sensitive issue but it is essential that young people are equipped with the information that they need to keep themselves safe and that they know where to go for advice.”
7:01am 5th December 2012

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