What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation doesn’t just mean having sex with someone. It could be touching, kissing or being asked to send sexual photos to someone's phone or post them online.
Whatever it is, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t – always rely on your gut instinct.
Ask yourself - are you being loved, or being used?
As we grow up, we develop relationships with lots of different people. It’s how we learn what we enjoy about a relationship and what we don’t.
But things can go wrong along the way and people might try to use you or force you to do something you don’t want to do. Find out more about safer relationships on the thinkuknow website.
How do I know if I'm being exploited?
If you’re unsure about your relationship, ask yourself whether any of these things have happened:
- Getting lifts from older people who you don’t know
- Being given money or gifts with no explanation
- Being asked to do a ‘favour’ for someone, which you don’t want to do
- Using drugs or alcohol
If you are worried in any way, there are many people you can contact for help or advice.
It happens to boys as well as girls...
Time to Talk
Child sexual exploitation can happen without you realising. If you’re worried about your own relationship, or someone else's, it’s important that you talk to someone. You won’t get into trouble if you tell. What's happening is wrong and it’s not your fault.
Child sexual exploitation is child abuse
You can talk to any of these organisations if you need support:
North Wales Police - free anonymous live chat, or call 101
ChildLine - free live chat, or call 0800 1111
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency) - online form
Stop CSE - text or call 116000
NSPCC - call 0808 800 5000
Imagine it's late. You're chatting online, and a topless pic appears on your screen. You could send back a selfie. What’ll it be? Head and shoulders or something more revealing?
WAIT. You can send something in an instant, but think - why am I doing this?
Do you feel under pressure because they’ve sent you one? Would you take your clothes off if you were face to face? Are you doing it for you, or for them?
If you have shared something you regret, or you’re being bullied because of it, it’s never too late to get help.
Taking naked pictures and sending them to someone else is never a good idea. Whether it’s your boyfriend or girlfriend or someone you’ve met online, a quick bit of fun can have long term consequences.
Find out more about the risks of naked selfies and what to do if you're worried about something you've sent, by visiting the thinkuknow website.
Find out how the things you post online can tell someone a lot about you.
Thanks to the NSPCC and Blast Project for videos used on this page, and to CEOP for selected text and videos.