Sexual abuse and the elderly; Child labour; How long should you wait before marriage; Natalie Williams.

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Sexual violence against older women is ignored or unreported according to new research carried out in Australia. Researchers says there's an 'enormous silence' around the topic because there is a belief that older women are 'asexual' and unlikely to be assaulted. An organisation that helps families dealing with this in the Uk says it reflects a similar picture here.

We discuss new legislation passed in Bolivia last week, making it legal for children to work from the age of 10. Supporters of the move say it will ensure better regulation and safeguards for child workers. But human rights advocates argue that the law is a step backwards in the fight to eradicate child labour around the world.

Media celebrity and singer Cheryl Cole recently announced she'd secretly married after meeting her new husband just three months previously. Is marrying very quickly automatically riskier, and if it is, how long should you wait before you get married ?

And the soul singer Natalie Williams joins Jenni for a live performance.

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Sexual abuse of older women

Sexual violence against older women is ignored or unreported according to new research carried out in Australia. Researchers cite an 'enormous silence' around the topic because there is a belief that older women are ‘asexual’ and unlikely to be assaulted. The new study has been titled Norma's Project after an 84-year-old woman, the mother of a researcher, who reported being sexually assaulted while at a respite centre. Norma’s Project was published by La Trobe University in Melbourne and collected the stories of the sexual abuse experienced by Australian women over 65. One of the lead authors of the study is Catherine Barrett. She says that they found that frail older women living in rural areas or dependent on nursing staff were particularly vulnerable. Jenni speaks to chief investigator, Dr Catherine Barrett and Gary Fitzgerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse here in the UK.

Child Labour

Last week the Bolivian government passed a new law allowing children as young as 10 to work. The minimum age was previously 14, in line with rules from the International Labour Organisation, but latest figures suggest over 740,000 children in Bolivia were nonetheless working illegally. Those in favour say the new law simply acknowledges the reality of child labour in Bolivia, whilst critics say it is out of step with the international effort to eradicate child labour around the world. Jenni is joined by Jo Becker from Human Rights Watch and Tim Worstall from the Adam Smith Institute.

How long should you wait before you get married?

Singer Cheryl Cole recently announced she’d secretly married after meeting her new husband just three months previously.  Is marrying quickly automatically riskier and, if it is, what is the right amount of time to wait before you get married? Jenni talks to Nerina Pallot who married her husband six weeks to the day after they first met and to Carole Stone who lived with her partner for ten years before tying the knot.

Natalie Williams

MOBO nominated jazz artist Natalie Williams first fell in love with jazz as a child when her father introduced her to Ella Fitzgerald. She has been hosting Soul Family Sundays, a regular night at the legendary Ronnie Scotts jazz club in London, for seven years. Currently on tour around the UK, Natalie and her band join Jenni for a live performance of a track from her latest album, Where You Are.

Natalie plays 53 Degrees North in Halifax on Friday 25th July 2014.

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PresenterJenni Murray
PerformerNatalie Williams
ProducerCecile Wright

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