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Nov 27 2013

Young performers stage dramatic scenes at domestic violence conference

harrow_council_logo2Young actors made their mark on an awareness-raising forum with a powerful performance about cyber bullying and sexual exploitation.

A drama group made up of teenagers from across the borough acted out short a play at Harrow’s annual event in recognition of White Ribbon Day (Wednesday November 20).

The event was hosted by Harrow Domestic & Sexual Violence Forum and the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board (LSCB), and supported by Harrow Council.

This year’s event, which was chaired by Jan Irwin from the Domestic and Sexual Violence Forum, focussed on the issue of sexual exploitation and E-safety, and the short play featured the stories of a teenager who had been persuaded to send images of herself to her boyfriend, and a young person who was bullied through a malicious Facebook account.

Speakers included Tracy Liu from Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), Jo Sharpen from Against Violence and Abuse and Harrow Police Borough Commander Chf Supt Simon Ovens, who gave presentations on how to ensure young people are safe online, recognising signs of exploitation, and support and advice available.

Mr Ovens then formed a panel of experts with Matilda De Santis from the WISH Centre, a local charity supporting recovery from self harm,violence, abuse and neglect, Tracy Liu from CEOP, and Kala Mistry, a Young Person’s Advocate, who fielded questions from the campaigners and support groups in the audience.

Harrow Council Mayor Cllr Nana Asante showed her support at the event, as did Council Leader Cllr Susan Hall. Cllr Hall said: “This innovative campaign casts a light on this insidious crime, which is all too often taboo and not talked about. The WRD campaign offers the opportunity for women and girls to come forward, talk in privacy, and offers a bridge to a better life and the right to no longer suffer in silence.”

Source: Harrow Council

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