GAMING WITH AJ...
The frightening reality of a how abusers can target and groom through online gaming is the focus of a new campaign.
The hard hitting film from the regional see me, hear me partnership focuses on the warning signs of this hidden crime.
Called ‘Gaming with AJ – the warning signs were there’, it follows the story of fictional gaming vlogger AJ, who’s targeted by an abuser.
The perpetrator grooms him online with gaming tips and free gifts to gain AJ’s trust before abusing him.
TEACHERS AND PROFESSIONALS CAMPAIGN
The latest phase of the regional see me hear me campaign focuses on raising awareness of the signs of CSE among teachers and professionals working with children.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a hidden crime that can affect any child, any time regardless of their gender, home life, religion or ethnic background.
It is child abuse and can involve perpetrators grooming their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, to gain their trust before emotionally and sexually abusing them.
It can take place in many forms, whether through a seemingly consensual relationship, or a young person being forced to have sex in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, money, gifts or even protection and affection.
Warning signs can include having friends who are older, persistently going missing, secretive relationships with unknown adults, truancy from school, chronic fatigue, constant calls on a mobile phone and the possession of money or new things.
THE WARNING SIGNS WERE THERE...
The shocking reality of how abusers groom young people is the focus of our new campaign.
The hard hitting animation below, follows the story of a young girl, it shows how those around her, her teacher, her friend and her dad, notice changes in her behaviour.
It then turns to the abuser who describes how he grooms her with gifts, alcohol and affection before abusing her, adding ‘the warning signs were there.’
Parents, teachers and young people are being encouraged to watch the animation, know the warning signs and help us stop perpetrators in their tracks.
WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION?
Sexual exploitation is a crime, it’s when someone forces you to do something sexual in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, gifts or affection.
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 also be someone you’ve met online.
force you to have sex with them or other people
make you do something sexual to them or other people
touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
show you sexual images or ask you to take sexual photos of yourself or share them online or by text
make you watch them do something sexual
IN RETURN THEY MAY:
buy you gifts or give you money
give you lots of attention and make you feel special
tell you they love you
take you out
give you drugs or alcohol
give you somewhere to stay
hurt or threaten you or make you feel guilty or like you owe them something
SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
changes in their behaviour –they might become more confident and outgoing, or more shy and quiet
changes in their appearance –they may start dressing differently, or wearing lots of make up
having sexual relationships which worry you or which you think are not safe
spending time with new friends who may be older or seem to be ‘using’ your friend
an older boyfriend or girlfriend
staying out late, not going home or missing school
having new things without any explanation or which they say were gifts from a friend or boyfriend/ girlfriend. These may include mobile phones, clothes, jewellery or drugs
IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS HAPPENING TO YOU OR ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS, YOU CAN SPEAK TO BARNARDO’S IN CONFIDENCE ON 0121 359 5333 OR CALL THE POLICE ON 101.
COULD THIS BE YOUR CHILD? CSE - KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
Parents should be aware of and look out for signs of grooming and sexual exploitation in their children’s behaviour.
The short animation below highlights some of the key signs. For more information on knowing the warning signs visit our parent page.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR FRIEND’S DOING?
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.
The information above should help you spot sexual exploitation and make it easier for you to see the signs in your friends.
You can also watch the short animations below and share them with your friends.