Think you or a friend might have been sexually exploited?
Want some advice or someone to talk to?
It’s ok to talk to someone. Exploitation is never your fault, even if you went along with things at first. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate children and young people. It is not ok for someone to expect you or your friends to do things that you don’t want to. If things don’t feel right then speak to someone about it.
Say Something: 24/7, FREE, ANONYMOUS, CALL OR TXT 116000 #saysomething
If you are worried that you or someone else might be at immediate risk then call EssexPolice: 999
You can contact Essex Police to report something you think doesn’t feel right on: 101
What is child sexual exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when a young person is used by being made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.
(National Working Group http://www.stop-cse.org/saysomething/)
Advice for young people about staying safe: http://www.stop-cse.org/saysomething/
As technology improves, the internet provides new challenges as well as new opportunities. Rather than blocking, filtering, and avoiding online services because of potential risks, the LSCB works to help children and young people avoid online exploitation, abuse or bullying.
Some of the risky things you may come across online are:
- Bullying by peers and people you might consider 'friends'
- Seeing inappropriate or harmful content (e.g. rude or extremely violent pictures)Involvement in illegal or inappropriate content (e.g. posting sexual pictures)
- Posting personal information that can identify and locate you offline
- Being persuaded to do illegal or inappropriate things through contact with strangers
- Seeing information and talking with others online who encourage self-harm
- Seeing racist or hate material
- Glorifying activities such as drug use or excessive drinking
- Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as doing stunts and other risky activities
- Being encouraged to leave or run away from home by someone you met online
You can find out more about how to keep yourself safe online - Think U Know
Essex Young People Drug and Alcohol Service
Think U Know
Blast Project - For Boys and Young Men
Barnardos - Real Love Rocks
Essex Police video featuring Junior Smart (St Giles Trust) - talks about his experience leaving a gang.