School girls back Freedom to Choose.

With around 1 in 4 cases of forced marriage located in London. Carshalton High School for Girls have given their support to the Freedom charity – who help give young people the tools and confidence to help others who they may suspect of going through these difficult situations.

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Founder of the charity and author of the book ‘But It’s Not Fair’ – Aneeta Prem, visited the school to talk about and raise awareness of forced marriage and honour-based violence that effects so many young girls and boys in the UK.

Mr Luke Conduit-Smith Deputy Headteacher at Carshalton High School for Girls said, “It is crucial to raise awareness of this serious issue and we as a school play a vital part in ensuring our girls are aware of the suffering that some children experience due to these issues. The freedom to choose is a fundamental right of all people”.

Last week the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Tom Brake, MP both showed their support for the  campaign whilst visiting the High School.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington said, “When you grow up, the people you trust the most are your friends, family and the community you have around you. Not only for safety and security, but to always have your best interests at heart.

Sadly, a growing number of children being born in the UK are not given this basic comfort. I’m proud that Liberal Democrats in Government have worked hard to push this legislation forward and make forced marriage and honour-based killings illegal, creating a safe haven for those suffering from these atrocities.”

Every day, three people seek help in relation to forced marriage. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,302 cases in 2013 alone with the numbers constantly rising.

If you require support or advice on forced marriage and honour-based violence contact the Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151.

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