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Saturday March 18 is the NSPCC’s National Child Exploitation Awareness Day

20 March, 2017

• CHILD sexual exploitation is a hidden crime that can have lifelong effects on its victims.

It can happen to any young person whatever their background, age, gender, race or sexuality. And it can take place online or in the real world.

Often unseen, it’s for this reason that National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is so important.

The NSPCC is fighting hard to lift the lid on this horrific crime and Saturday March 18 is an opportunity to encourage everyone to think about, recognise, and speak out against it.

In some cases, young people are persuaded or forced into exchanging sexual activity for money, drugs, gifts, affection or status. Many often trust their abuser and don’t understand they’re being abused as they believe they are in a loving, consensual, relationship.

To protect children from CSE, we need people from all walks of life to be aware of the signs, children and young people need to learn about healthy relationships, everyone needs to know how to report their concerns, and perpetrators need to be identified and prosecuted.

If you are concerned a young person is a victim of, or is at risk of, this crime, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

For more information about CSE visit the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk

COLIN PEAK, NSPCC

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