What is sexual exploitation?
It can be very difficult to recognise sexual exploitation, especially if you are in a relationship with someone you trust and believe in, it could be a boyfriend or a girlfriend, it could be just a friend, or a group of friends, and it could be someone you’ve spoken to online.
In some cases the person wants to take advantage of your friendship / relationship – and this can lead to you being hurt. They will often use gifts (money / drugs / alcohol) to win you over and then this can lead to them asking you / forcing you to do something you really don’t want to do, for example, having sex with them or someone else.
You are not to blame if this is happening to you, the people who have taken advantage of you are responsible and they are the people who have done something wrong. Some adults will purposely target young people, they will start off being nice to you, they show you a lot of affection and interest and make you feel special. They may ask you and your friends to come back to their house with other older people, they may offer you drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, a place to chill out. But eventually they will put you under increasing pressure and ask you for sexual favours for themselves and/or other people. They stop being nice and can become threatening and violent.
If you think you are or might be being exploited go to someone you can talk to for advice, a teacher or social worker maybe, or there are organisations who will offer help, support and advice you can contact them, confidentially if you prefer, by phone or on line – please see our useful links area.
Remember there is always someone there to help you, just ask …
The Blast Project
07808 863 662
The BLAST Project is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation project. We support and work with boys and young men who have been, are being, or are at risk of being sexually exploited.
The helpline is designed to provide information about grooming and sexual exploitation to boys and young men across the country, and offer confidential support to boys and young men who have experienced, or are experiencing grooming and sexual exploitation.
Missing People Runaway Helpline
101 or in an emergency 999
Warrington Borough Council
Call Warrington Duty and Assessment Team:
01925 443400 (out of hours call 01925 444400)