Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is supporting an NSPCC campaign to make it a crime for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.
Mr Pawsey is backing the charity’s Flaw in the Law campaign, which is calling on the Government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child. The campaign is seeking an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is soon due to receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
NSPCC is concerned that there is inadequate protection for children from online abuse and believes the new law would make it easier for police to step in earlier in the grooming process, before abuse escalates.
Mr Pawsey said: “Given the alarming rise in online child abuse, it is very concerning that the current law is unable to adequately protect children.
“I urge the Government to listen to the NSPCC’s concerns and to create a new offence through the Serious Crime Bill so that it is always illegal for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.”
Sandra McNair, head of service NSPCC Midlands, said: “We are very grateful to Mark Pawsey for supporting the Flaw in the Law campaign. We want legislation to keep up with technology and offender behaviour in order to properly protect children.”