A new law dealing with “sexual communication with a child” will be shortly brought into force after, two years of delays and indeed public pressure. The new law will be designed to stop child sexual abuse at the earliest possible stage.
There was believed to be significant public anger that despite, a huge increase in the number of children being vulnerable and indeed exploited via a world of mobile phones and social media that, nothing was being done to tackle the early stages of grooming and indeed deter those targeting children online or through text.
The new law will make it a criminal offence for anyone over the age of 18 to communicate with a child under 16 with sexual content or indeed attempt to elicit a sexual response. Those convicted will meanwhile go on the sex offenders register and face up to two years in jail.
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