Today is national Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day 2017. People and organisations such as charities, local authorities, schools and police forces have been coming together to raise awareness about CSE, as well as to do everything in their power to stop CSE, and prevent CSE from happening in the first place.
As you may have seen already, to count down to CSE Awareness Day, each day we have been dispelling common myths about CSE.
MYTH: Young people often lie, or make up stories about sexual abuse.
FACT: All disclosures should be believed and taken seriously.
False allegations are incredibly rare.
While they can happen, it is infinitely more important to listen when a young person makes a disclosure, to take it seriously, and to take action. Disclosures are never easy to handle, it is important to stay calm, and tell the young person they did the right thing by coming forward.
Today – on CSE Awareness Day – and every day, it is everyone’s responsibility to prevent CSE from happening, and to know the risks and indicators so that we can help to put a stop to CSE where it is happening.
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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.