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MYTHS

MYTHS ABOUT CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

There is often misconception that only children from disadvantaged or chaotic background can be drawn into sexual exploitation because of their existing vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, sexual exploitation of children and young people has been identified in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. CSE can affect a child or young person irrespective of their age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious, political or personal belief and social economic status.

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WHAT IS GROOMING

‘Grooming’ defines the process whereby an adult act as a boyfriend, friend, or peer in order to build a relationship with a child. Once trust has been gained, the adult then exploits that trust and demanding favours, such as sexual activity.

THE GROOMING PROCESS

TARGET STAGE

Observing, Selecting, Initiating contact and gaining trust and Sharing a child/young person’s information.

FRIENDS STAGE

Making a child/young person feel special, giving gifts and rewards, Spending time together, Listening and remembering, keeping secrets, being there, understanding better than anyone else, testing out physical contact and Offering protection.

LOVING STAGE

Being a boyfriend or girlfriend, establishing a sexual relationship, lowering inhibitions, involving in forbidden activities and Being inconsistent

ABUSIVE STAGE

Withdrawing friendship and love, using for sex, reinforcing dependency, isolating from family and friends, Tricking and manipulating, Using violence and assault

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