Internet Matters Welcomes New Law
In October 2014, the NSPCC launched its Flaw in the Law campaign to make it illegal for an adult to send a child a sexual message.
Over 50,000 people signed the NSPCC’s petition and in 2014, David Cameron announced it would become a law.
But as it wasn't given a start date - two years later, police in England and Wales were still unable to charge people with the offence.
Justice Secretary Liz Truss finally announced that as of April 3rd 2017, Police could now charge those who engage in inappropriate sexual messaging to children in England and Wales by virtue of the Serious Crime Act 2015 section 67 which serves to insert a new section 15A into the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Internet Matters welcomed the new law as it marks another move to help keep children safe in the digital world.