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According to information compiled by charities and the police, teenage girls accept rape as a normative part of joining violent male gangs.
Some are forced into to having sex with many of the gang , ferrying guns, knives and drugs without even questioning the fact that they're being violated.
Last month, Police in London launched an add campaign warning that young women who hide guns and knives for their gangster boyfriends risk going to jail. The posters (left) were designed in an attempt to help prevent shootings in London by urging young women not to conceal weapons.
The campaign, aimed primarily at black teens, was launched in the light of the increasing amount of young women convicted for possessing weapons in the last year.
Like most of these type of campaigns, I don't think it will work. Girls in gangs is nothing new. Some people defend the young girls by saying they feel pressurised into carrying weapons for their gang-member boyfriends.
Yes, they're treated as second class citizens and subordinates to their male counterparts but-and I may sound cold- most of them know exactly what they're getting themselves into. People will only treat you how you let them.
Prevention, as they say, is better than cure. Stay in school ladies, and earn yourselves a promising future. I'm tired of people blaming organisations, charities and the police. What's wrong with these girls taking responsibility for their own lives?
It's easy to throw money at a situation: glossy add campaign, more funding for charities but if these girls don't want to genuinely help themselves how can anyone else help them?