Rotherham MP calls for tougher sentences for those who abuse older teens
A Roterham MP is calling for people who sexually exploit older teenagers to receive tougher sentences because 16 and 17-year-olds are still children.
Sarah Champion said the capacity of older teenagers to consent to sex could be ‘impaired through an imbalance of power between a child and a perpetrator’, as well as by drugs or alcohol.
And she called on Government to help raise awareness of the vulnerability of older teenagers, who were ‘treated like adults and not afforded the additional protections given in law to younger children’.
Ms Champion made the comments during a House of Commons debate about older teenagers at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation.