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Laura Perrins: She is a child not a ‘young person’ and should not have sex


The deluded hippies are about to perform an about-turn: they intend to ban the phrase ‘young person’ when describing teenagers.

This is quite a turn-about and finally, something I can agree with. This most overused and patronising of terms should be discarded in the dustbin of idiot PC phrases as quickly as possible.

A discussion on Woman’s Hour returned to the dystopian reality that is child rape in Oxford and Rotherham.

We are told that practitioners working in the area will no longer use the term “young person” as this tended to imbue these children and teenagers with wisdom beyond their years. Instead, they will be called children because that is what they are.

We are told that the term ‘young person’ may have caused the adults who should have had actual wisdom and common sense – such as police officers, social workers and school nurses – to believe that these victims of child rape were in fact consenting to their own sexual abuse.

In addition, school nurses might stop handing out contraceptives to underage girls like candy bars, no questions asked. A little bit of questioning might occur, a sprinkling shall we say, to determine if this ‘young person’, no sorry child,  is in fact being abused. The child can still have sex it seems, just as long as she is not being abused. See what a muddle we are in?

Child sex is ok as long as no one gets pregnant, but child abuse is now finally something ‘we need to get a handle on’. The difference between the two? No one seems to know. It is not like we can ask this child’s parents, who remember, can be legally kept in the dark while the State drugs her up on long-lasting contraception. Sure, what do parents know?

This new approach to child sex is welcome although someone might want to tell Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). Loyal readers will know that Ann was outraged that teenagers will face some questions from pharmacists if they want to get the morning after pill.

Ann loves to use the phrase ‘young person’ and according to her, these ‘young people’ are all mature and responsible and should be taking these pills off the shelf as they might a tampon. But if it is beginning to dawn on Cassandra Harrison, Barnardo’s Deputy Director for Policy and Public Affairs and Sophie Humphreys independent advisor by the government to look at child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire, what a load of nonsense this is and how much damage it can cause girls – like their rape – perhaps Ann Furedi will wake up to this fact too.

The truth is that since the liberals turned teenagers into ‘young people’ and told them that anything goes when it comes to sex anything has gone.

It is time to recognise that these ‘young people’ are not mini-adults, but teenagers in need of close and dedicated parental and adult guidance and supervision. Simply slipping them a pill will not do.

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