March 18th is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day - an opportunity for us all to unite against child sexual exploitation.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.
The awareness day, held on March 18th every year, aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
Previous National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day have seen hundreds of events take place across the UK, ranging from poster and leaflet displays to whole authorities embarking on targeted campaigns across public services and shopping centres.
The day is run by the NWG Network, who are committed to the fight against child sexual exploitation and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. But they cannot succeed without the support of people like you.
Working with over 11,000 professionals across the UK to help prevent and raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, NWG Network continue to leverage the strength of that network in order to tackle the problem head on.
Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent this form of child sexual abuse within the UK.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “National CSE Day is an important opportunity for us all to raise awareness of the damage that Child Sexual Exploitation causes and highlight the potential warning signs of this horrific crime so that everyone, particularly young people themselves, know what to look out for and how to keep themselves safe.
“Sadly we know that CSE can affect any young person, male or female and from all kinds of backgrounds, regardless of social class, sexual orientation, ethnicity or location. We also know that young victims may not recognise that they are being exploited and the term ‘CSE’ may mean nothing to them.
"That’s why it’s so important that people across Merseyside, from all walks of life and communities, are alert to the warning signs of CSE and know what to do if they fear a young person may be at risk, not just today but every day.”
There are various ways you can show your support:
- Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for NWG's Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay2017 to help raise awareness of CSE.
- Display NWG's banners and posters which are designed to encourage participation in National CSE Day. Downloading copies of materials from the campaign is simple, a variety of media is available to help you raise awareness, from posters and banners to simply displaying our logo.
Find out more here
To find out more about the warning signs of CSE, get help or report your concerns visit Listen To My Story