Rotherham MP backs charity campaign

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A CAMPAIGN to stop child sexual exploitation has been backed by a local MP. 

Sarah Champion, who represents Rotherham, has got behind the ‘Remember They Are Children’ campaign, run by Barnardo’s, which calls for changes to the way the justice system treats exploited youngsters.

The charity wants changes to be made to reflect the fact that no child can ever agree to being sexually exploited.

A petition has been signed by more than 30,000 people so far.

The Labour MP said: “I am proud to be supporting this Barnardo’s campaign. I will do all I can to protect our children - they deserve to be safe, heard and respected. I will be working closely with Barnardo’s and other charities to change the anomalies in the law so every child gets the protection they deserve.”

Steve Oversby, director for Barnardo’s Yorkshire, said: “It is difficult to imagine the horrors experienced by vulnerable victims of child sexual exploitation. It takes immense bravery for these young people to relive their ordeal in a court of law. They must not be made to feel responsible for their abuse and sentencing guidelines must be changed to reflect this.”