Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Graphic teen sex ad that shocked a nation

A FILM clip made for the UK's National Health Service has drawn criticism for its graphic depiction of a schoolgirl giving birth in a playground while being watched by students.
The film's shocking content saw it pulled from video-sharing website YouTube, but it has since reappeared on the site in several forms.

The video clip was made for the NHS in a bid to cut the rising number of teenage pregnancies across the UK, and appears to show real footage shot on a mobile phone.

Warning: Video contains graphic content

It hit the internet as The Sun broke the news in the UK that baby-faced 13-year-old Alfie Patten is not the actual father of Maisie Roxanne, a teenage pregnancy story that made headlines around the world last year.

Shocked viewers responded strongly to the playground birth video, with comments ranging from "pretty sick" to: "Are they that bored in Leicester?"

Tim Rideout, chief executive of NHS Leicester City, told UK website Metro.co.uk: "We know this film is hard-hitting but so are the numbers of under-18s getting pregnant in Leicester.

"Nearly half the city's wards are classed as teen pregnancy 'hotspots'."

He said that traditional marketing, such as leaflets and posters, did not get the teenage sex and pregnancy message across to many of the target demographic.

While Alfie Patten has been released of his teenage fatherhood duty - much to his dismay - DNA tests still revealed that Maisie's father was a 15-year-old schoolboy, Tyler Barker.

According to The Sun, Tyler lives on the same estate as Maisie's mother, Chantelle Stedman, herself a 15-year-old who claimed at the time of pregnancy that Alfie was "the only boy I've been with".

"I love Alfie. I lost my virginity to him. There has been no one else," she said.

However, the DNA tests were paid for by Social Services after no less than six teenage schoolboys came forward claiming to be Maisie's father.

Tyler’s family had claimed Maisie was his child since her birth in February.

Locals heard his gleeful brother Jake, 17, running up and down the street outside their council house on the same estate after Maisie was born.

He was yelling: “My brother’s shagged Chantelle. He could be the dad.”

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