What is Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA)?
Sexual exploitation is child abuse. Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act often in return for attention, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation.
Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA) can happen to any young person from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women.
Children and young people do not become involved voluntarily – they are forced into the situation by abusive adults or peers who present themselves as their ‘friend’ or ‘boyfriend’.
Young people may be targeted by abusers online or in person.
Signs of child sexual exploitation and abuse
Children and young people that are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited. However, there are a number of tell-tale signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation. These include:
Even something that appears innocuous could be a sign that a child is being sexually exploited. Check out the interactive graphic from NWG Network Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation which can help you discover the visible signs of sexual exploitation
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