Saturday 18 March is national Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day 2017. To celebrate, we are counting down, day by day, to raise awareness of the realities of child sexual exploitation, and bust a few myths along the way.
MYTH: It only counts as child sexual exploitation if the young person has been physically assaulted.
FACT: CSE doesn’t always mean physical contact, and can happen online as well as in real life.
The first myth we are tackling this week is that child sexual exploitation is something that can only happen to young people in real life – or if they have been physically attacked. We are hearing about an increasing number of cases where a young person is exploited online, so it is important to speak honestly with young people so that they know there is support out there if it happens to them.
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.