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MP Nadine Dorries Claims 'Just Say No' Will Stop Sexual Abuse In Teenage Girls

18/05/2011 10:58 | Updated 22 May 2015
MP Nadine Dorries: 'Just say no' will stop sexual abuse in teenage girlsPA

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has caused fury by suggesting that teenage girls should 'just say no' to stop sexual abuse happening to them.

The Tory MP wants to introduce US style lessons on sexual abstinence in secondary schools, and is campaigning to make them compulsory - something that she thinks can stop sexual abuse.

'If a stronger 'just say no' message was given to children, there might be an impact on sex abuse,' says the backbencher. 'A lot of girls, when abuse takes place, don't realise until later that that was wrong because sex is so common in society.'

She now faces calls to apologise for her comments by victims' groups who have called them 'disturbing'.

'A child can never be responsible for abuse, no matter what he or she says or does,' says Peter Saunders, spokesperson for The National Association for People Abused in Childhood.

Shadow Children's Minister Sharon Hodgson added she thought Nadine Dorries' comments were 'outrageous'.

'To make such a cheap link between teenage sexual relationships and child abuse to support a blinkered Bill is absolutely outrageous.'

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