Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation can often be hard to recognise. Sexual exploitation could be committed by a friend, a group of friends, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, or someone you have only just recently met. Whoever it is, they may use clever ways to take advantage of you. They may offer you drugs or alcohol, a place to chill out, buy you presents, flatter you, and give you money to buy things.
Once they have gained your trust and affection they may change how they act around you. Things they gave you for free, such as money and clothes will now be used to pressure you into sexual acts. They can become threatening and violent.
Is this you?
- You are friends with people much older than you.
- You have an older boyfriend or girlfriend.
- You stay out late and even all night.
- You don’t stay in with your family and socialise with friends your own age very much.
- You have lost contact with friends.
- You don’t go to school.
- You have tried drugs and alcohol.
- You are chatting to people online who you have never met.
- You are having sex with men or women you don’t want to.
If you think you are in this type of situation
- Trust that you know when something is wrong. If someone makes you feel unsafe, pressured, trapped or frightened, follow your instincts and get help straight away.
- Don’t trust people you don’t know, even if they seem friendly and make sure you know who you are talking to online.
- Never give away personal details or agree to meet someone who you have only talked to online.
- Don’t be tricked into doing things that are unsafe, even if they seem like fun. What may look exciting at first could be more harmful than you realise.
It is not always easy to talk about this, but it is important that you do!
Sexual Exploitation can happen to you no matter whether you are a boy or a girl, and no matter what your age or background. You need to be careful who you trust.
If you are concerned about a relationship / friendship you (or a friend) are involved in, you can speak to the safeguarding team, located near G17 / ICT Technicians Workroom, or talk to your PYL or AYL who will inform Safeguarding staff.
If you would like further information on support available regarding Child Sexual Exploitation, the websites below can help;
Telephone 0800 1111
Telephone 0808 800 5000
Telephone the non-emergency number 101
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Rotherham Sexual Exploitation Helpline
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telephone 0800 731 9256