REPORT IT

Sexual exploitation can happen to young people of all backgrounds and from all communities, male or female.

 

As a young person, it’s important to know what signs to look out for to keep you and your friends safe from harm.

 

Make sure you know about sexual exploitation and make it easier for you to see the signs in your friends.

 

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WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION?

Child sexual exploitation is when someone makes you, or manipulates you, into doing something sexual for the benefit or enjoyment of themselves or others.  It may be someone you consider to be a boyfriend or girlfriend. It could be someone you’ve just met or a group of new friends you’re now hanging out with. It could be someone you’ve met on-line.

THEY MAY FORCE YOU TO DO SEXUAL THINGS SUCH AS:

IN RETURN FOR:

  • having sex with them or other people
  • doing something sexual to them or other people
  • being touched in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • looking at sexual images or asking you to take sexual photos of yourself or share them online or by text
  • watching them do something sexual
  • buying you gifts
  • giving you money
  • giving you lots of attention and making you feel special
  • telling you that they love you
  • taking you out
  • giving you somewhere to stay
  • threatening to hurt you or hurting you
  • making you feel guilty
  • threatening to humiliate you or humiliating you

HOW DO YOU SPOT THE WARNING SIGNS?

It can be so difficult to spot the signs, especially if it’s someone you care about, someone you trust who’s exploiting you.

 

Think about your different relationships with people and make sure you know how to SPOT THE SIGNS.

KEEPING SAFE

Barnardo’s has put together some ‘keep safe’ tips as part of its ‘Real Love Rocks’ work with schools to help keep you and your friends safe when you’re out and about.

  1. Stick with mates a similar age to you – a good mate won’t ask you to do stuff you’re uncomfortable with
  2. If you feel you can’t say no, ask yourself: ‘Am I in a safe situation?’
  3. If someone offers you something for free, ask what they want in return
  4. Listen to your body – a fast, pounding heartbeat and churning stomach are signs you feel unsafe
  5. Be careful what personal details – including photos – you give out online, by phone, or in real life
  6. Make sure you know where you are going and how to get home. Have credit and charge on your phone
  7. Make sure someone you trust always knows where you are
  8. Drinking and taking drugs can make you unaware of unsafe situations and you can become a target for people who may hurt you

Visit WWW.BARNARDOSREALLOVEROCKS.ORG.UK for more information on what child sexual exploitation is and how you can keep yourself safe.

REMEMBER, NO-ONE SHOULD EVER HURT YOU, FRIGHTEN YOU, OR EXPECT YOU DO SEXUAL THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO. IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS HAPPENING TO YOU OR A FRIEND, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU SO PLEASE

REPORT IT.

REPORT IT

KEEPING SAFE

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I REPORT SOMETHING

When you for pick up the phone to report something that is happening to you, you will talk to someone who will listen to you and help you. You can do it anonymously and won’t need to give your name, if you don’t want to.

You may be nervous about doing it, so watching this film made by ChildLine will help you understand what happens when you make that important call.

USEFUL LINKS

“Breaking Through – Moving on from child sexual exploitation” is a new set of resources developed by Basis Yorkshire in partnership with Dr Kate Brown, a leading academic at University of York (also Chair of Basis Yorkshire).

 

Breaking Through features the voices and experiences of those who have experienced CSE and then moved on in some way, with words of wisdom for other young people and professionals.

 

http://basisyorkshire.org.uk/training-resources/breaking-through-moving-on-from-cse/

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