NSPCC Report Rise in Peer Sexual Abuse Among Teens

By September 18, 2018 Sex & Relationships

NSPCC report 29% rise in counselling sessions about peer sexual abuse……

Childline re-launches #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to raise awareness of healthy and unhealthy relationships to tackle the increase in peer sexual abuse

Childline has re-launched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign after it held 3,878 counselling sessions about peer-on-peer sexual abuse in 2017/18 – a 29% rise since last year. 

Young people who spoke to Childline revealed a lack of understanding about consent, with some feeling unsure if something was ‘abuse’ when they’re in a relationship. They were also unclear if they had consented to having sex if:

  • They were drunk at the time
  • Were unconscious
  • Had previously said yes
  • Hadn’t said no, but showed other signs of not wanting to have sex.


#ListenToYourSelfie is a Childline campaign that encourages young people to listen to their gut feeling in a relationship to prevent peer-on-peer abuse by seeking help if they’re in an unhealthy relationship.

The campaign features two video stories about young people in unhealthy relationships. Lara’s story is about being pressured into sex, and Paul’s story is about sending naked images online.

Lara & Paul's Stories

‘Looking out for Lottie’ aims to help young people recognise when a relationship doesn’t feel right. This fictional story tells of Lottie who is pressured into sending naked images online. Young people can follow Lottie’s story on Childline through her social media accounts to help them spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship.

What we can do to help this issue?

Consider using the film resources in the work you do with the young people; informing them of Lottie’s Story and the services available to them through Childline if they ever found themselves affected by peer sexual abuse.

The NSPCC offer an online course for professionals specific to ‘Managing sexualised behaviour in schools’.

More information for professionals about this topic can be found on the Safe4me Teen Sexual Harm page.

Safe4me Teen Sexual Harm