Essex Safeguarding Children Board
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse, when a child is made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol. Sexual abuse can include lots of things like rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, online grooming and domestic abuse or violence.
Examples of sexual abuse include:
- being touched in a way you don't like without giving permission or consent
- someone flashing or exposing themselves to you online or offline
- being forced to have sex (intercourse), look at sexual pictures or videos, do something sexual or watch someone do something sexual.
Facts about sexual abuse:
- sexual abuse can happen to both girls and boys
- someone could be sexually abused by a stranger, somebody they love and trust or a boyfriend or girlfriend
- someone could be sexually abused by a person of the same sex
- sexual abuse isn’t always ‘full sex’ – it can also include touching, kissing, oral sex or anything sexual
- sexual abuse can happen online as well as offline