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Recognising if you are being exploited in your friendship or relationship is hard but if you know and can see the signs you can do something about it. Three young people share their stories...

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ELLA’S STORY

Soon after my 13th birthday, a friend and I went one Saturday to a shopping centre in the nearest town. None of us had what you’d call a boyfriend then. During…
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JOSH’S STORY

I was 12 when I started to use the internet to find out more about my sexuality. I was confused because I found men attractive but felt too embarrassed to speak to…
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KATY’S STORY

Moving to a new school was a big deal for me, I was at last able to leave behind the torment dished out to me by the kids who made fun of me because of my weight….
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Know and see the signs

POSSESSIONS

They give you money, drugs, alcohol or gifts and expect something in return.

FLATTERY

They give you attention to make you feel special but they also ask you to do things which aren't right.

Violence

They promise you the world but threaten you or use violence if you don't do what they want.

ISOLATION

They tell you no one understands you like they do and take you away from your family and friends.

PRESSURE

They put pressure on you to have sex with them or with someone they know.

INVASION

They take pictures or film you and threaten to post them on the internet. They make you look at images that make you feel uncomfortable.

HELP AND SUPPORT

Child sexual exploitation is A CRIME

You are not alone, there are specially trained professionals that help you. The police and their partner services will support you and your family. Call the National anonymous CSE helpline on 116 000. Report child sexual abuse to the Police by dialing 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger dial 999.

Just need someone to talk to?

Child sexual exploitation is child abuse. If you suspect that a young person is a victim or is at risk of child sexual exploitation you must get professional help.

Barnado's on 0121 3595333
ChildLine on 0800 1111
NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000