Warn­ing over sex­u­al­i­sa­tion

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THE IN­CREAS­ING sex­u­al­i­sa­tion of so­ci­ety is one of the rea­sons be­hind the “shock­ing” num­ber of women who are vic­tims of sex­ual as­saults, the Bishop of Worces­ter has said.

Bishop John Inge said the cul­ture cre­ated an “en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for sex­ual of­fences to de­velop”.

In a House of Lords de­bate, he said: “I feel that acutely as the fa­ther of two daugh­ters, one aged eight and one aged 13.

“Reg Bai­ley, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Moth­ers’ Union, car­ried out an in­de­pen­dent re­view of that in 2011, and noted the con­cern of par­ents on a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing the sex­u­alised and gen­der stereo­typ­ing of cloth­ing, prod­ucts and ser­vices for chil­dren and pres­sure on chil­dren from a range of sources to act as con­sumers.

“Those are just the back­ground, but I sug­gest that it is an im­por­tant one. A lot of what we see is the re­sult of that in­creas­ingly sex­u­alised cul­ture. The num­ber of chil­dren suf­fer­ing from sex­ual of­fend­ing is one re­sult.”

In the same de­bate, the Bishop of Derby, Alas­tair Red­fern, called for the Government to take steps to “reg­u­late be­hav­iour”.

He pointed to the “ter­ri­ble pro­fu­sion of pornog­ra­phy and the free­dom to ac­cess, make and trade it - and to in­volve peo­ple in it”.

He added: “Start­ing from the base of what peo­ple feel they want has seen an in­or­di­nate ex­plo­sion of promis­cu­ity in our so­ci­ety in the past 30 or 40 years.”

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