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Help Close the Loophole in the law that's putting 17 year olds at risk.


Right now, there's a loophole in the law that means some adults who hold a position of power over a young person such as a sports coach, a youth worker and a faith group leader can legally have sex with a young person under 18 their care. This is wrong.

The NSPCC need your help. Please email your MP and call on them to back our campaign - see the link at the bottom of this page.

They need to build parliamentary support for the campaign in order to put pressure on Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke to change the law, and protect all young people from sexual abuse.

Since the age of 13, Megan* was trained in her local sports club by Will*, a coach in his thirties. When Megan was 16, Will began sending sexual messages to her. He started a sexual relationship after she turned 17.

"We used to speak on webcam and he would ask me to do sexual things but I said no. He would go in a mood. He carried on coaching me and would pick me up first and drop me off last so we'd be alone together in his car. He would pull over somewhere quiet and that's when things would happen." Megan

Will abused his position of power. If he'd been a teacher or a social worker, the police would have been able to charge him under the Position of Trust law in the Sexual Offences Act. But because sports coaches aren't covered by this law, the police weren't able to bring any charges against him.

Help us #CloseTheLoophole in the law by emailing your MP so we can protect young people from being abused by those who are supposed to be caring for them.

Extracurricular activities are a positive experience for many young people. But in cases like Megan's, when an adult abuses their position of power, we need to ensure the law fully protects all young people.

We're calling on the government to Close the Loophole so it's illegal for all adults to engage in sexual activity with any young person under 18 in their care.

We need MPs to support our campaign in order to put pressure on the government to change this law.

Together, we have an opportunity to make sure all 16 and 17-year-olds are protected.