Sheffield to stage huge protest march against child sex abuse

A huge protest march against child sex abuse is to be held in Sheffield next month as part of a nationwide protest.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 10:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 10:26 am
The march will set off and end at Sheffield Town Hall.

The peaceful demonstration which will set off and finish at the Town Hall on September 22 is one of 18 protests across the country.

The event has been organised by survivors of child sex abuse and victims of sexual violence as well as concerned parents and relatives of survivors under the banner Online Child Grooming Protection Group.

Spokesman Melanie Watson said: 'The aim is to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation, online grooming of minors and the inadequate sentencing of sexual predators, with suspended sentences or even less, leaving the abused child with poor justice for their ordeal for which they live with for life.  

'To signify this we are coordinating 18 cities on the same day at the same time across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.'

The 45 minute march will set off at 1.30pm and will see those taking part handing out flyers to raise awareness of the issues.

Added Melanie: 'We will also be carrying petitions should anyone be willing to support our cause. 

'Our peaceful demonstration will be ending with a poignant meeting place at Sheffield Town Hall to leave a teddy bear on their steps to portray the significant endless child victims, cheated of justice.' 

The march is open to all.