We are still counting down to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day 2017, which takes place on Saturday 18 March. Join us along the way as we bust some myths about child sexual exploitation.
MYTH: It can’t be child sexual exploitation if the young person is 16 or 17.
FACT: The definition of CSE includes anyone under the age of 18. Even if a young person can consent to sex, they can experience exploitation.
All children and young people under the age of 18 have a right to be safe and should be protected from harm. Our Empower programme works with young people up to the age of 18, because we know that the risk of CSE does not stop when a young person turns 16.
Last year, we worked one-to-one with hundreds of young people experiencing child sexual exploitation, or those who were at risk. We also work in schools running sessions raising awareness of exploitation, consent, and healthy relationships. Click here to find out more about our award-winning Empower programme.
What is child sexual exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.
CSE Awareness Day 2017
Find out more about the CSE Awareness Day campaign, including ways to show your support on the STOP CSE website.