Petition calls for sex education in all schools to prevent another Rotherham-style abuse scandal

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Lessons on sex and relationships should be compulsory in primary and secondary schools to prevent another Rotherham-style abuse scandal, women’s rights campaigners have said.

The End Violence Against Women Coalition, along with the Everyday Sexism Project, has launched a petition calling on the leaders of the main political parties to make sex and relationship education a general election pledge.

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, said: “The abuse of girls such as that exposed in Rotherham is in part facilitated by the failure to challenge from an early age the view that men are entitled to women and girls, and by the failure to provide information and support for girls which might enable them to recognise abuse.”