this is not an excuse

this is not an excuse

Advice and support for CSE The UK’s Leading Male Only Sexual Exploitation Service. The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is often unrecognised...

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Advice and support for CSE The UK’s Leading Male Only Sexual Exploitation Service. The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is often unrecognised and undisclosed; however, boys and young men are also vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation

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this is not an excuse Look, listen, ask, ask again, be curious... www.thisisnotanexcuse.org 14/07/2017 16:26:51

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Spot the signs

Perpetrators of CSE can be:

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse.

Tackling CSE is everyone’s business and as a parent or carer it’s important to talk to children about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, to help highlight potential risks.

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CSE involves offenders grooming young people and using this control to sexually abuse them. It can be part of a seemingly consensual relationship where someone pretends to be a young person’s friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and manipulates them with bribes, threats or violence. Victims are forced to have sex, or do sexual things with the offenders or other people. It can happen to any child or young person under the age of 18, from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women. Sexual exploitation affects thousands of children and young people every year. Many young people who are being abused don’t view themselves as victims and won’t ask for help. Child sexual exploitation is happening now and we can all play an important role in helping to end this abuse.

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While there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation, there are warning signs in children’s behaviour that may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what to look for, you can take steps to help. There are a number of tell-tale signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation: • Becoming especially secretive; stop seeing their usual friends; have really sharp, severe mood swings • Developing relationships with older men and/ or women (although not all perpetrators are older) • Going missing from home and being reluctant to say where they’ve been or what they’ve been doing. Staying out all night • Receiving calls and messages from outside their normal circle of friends • New, expensive items that they couldn’t afford, such as mobile phones, iPods or jewellery – as well as ‘invisible’ or ‘virtual’ gifts such as phone credit and online gaming credits • Suddenly changing their taste in dress or music • Looking tired or unwell and sleeping at unusual hours • Marks or scars on their body which they try to hide • Regularly missing school • Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour

An adult Another young person under 18yrs old Men or women Any ethnicity Visible in everyday life Articulate, plausible and ‘savvy’

Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate and take advantage of the young people they abuse. In most cases, the abuser will have power of some kind over the young person. Reporting CSE If you suspect a child or young person may be at risk, or have any information relating to child sexual exploitation, don’t wait to act on your concerns or be worried about telling someone, please call 101 or visit a local police station. We will listen to you. If you know or suspect a child or young person is in immediate danger, you should dial 999 now. If you would prefer to tell us online you can complete a secure reporting form at: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

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