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Abuse

Abuse is when someone does something to you or your body that you don't want them to do. Young Minds have a really good section on this on their website. Abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse which also includes sexual exploitation

Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation

Sexual abuse can include different kinds of activities such as:

  • some types of kissing
  • touching private parts of the body
  • rape (being forced to have sex when don’t want to)
  • being made to look at pornographic videos or magazines
  • other acts which are felt by the child or young person to be abusive.

Young Minds have a useful leaflet full of information that will help including suggestions of where to go for help

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. Barnardo’s is a really good charity that has a lot of experience in the area of child sexual exploitation. See here for information about the work they do.

Support in Bradford: Barnardo’s Turnaround - 01274 548 379. Email this service.

The Children’s Society Keighley also provide support and information in Keighley.

The NSPCC is a good source of information and has useful links to more information and support.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they're in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online. Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

The law tries to protect the safety and rights of children and young people. When someone sexually abuses a child or young person they are breaking the law. Telling someone you trust about the abuse is hard especially if you have been threatened that something bad will happen to you or a loved one. You could try ringing a helpline or writing down what’s been happening and giving it to the school nurse or another trusted adult.

Reconising abusive behaviour

Understand the definition of abuse i.e. psychological, physical, financial, emotional and sexual control or abuse of power. It can happen on-line or in person and affects males as well as females.

Physical abuse need only happen once and leads to anxiety within the relationship e.g. driving dangerously or aggressively while you are in the car.
Recognise sexual abuse e.g. controlling how you dress or making you watch pornography against your will.
Recognise emotional abuse such as acting like everything is your fault or isolating you from family and friends.
Know the characteristics of an abuser such as emotionally intense, bottling up emotions, inflexibility and judgmental, history of abuse and violence in childhood.
Recognise that you can’t make the abuser stop the abuse, only the abuser can do that if they choose to.

If you believe you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

If you would like to report any concerns regarding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) about someone you know, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Who can help me?

If you want to understand what ‘child abuse’ is, then take a look at the Young Minds website.

ChildLine also has useful advice, sources of help and stories from young people who’ve survived abuse.

If you’re desperate to speak to someone because you’ve been abused, then ChildLine always has some on the end of the line – you can either call 0800 1111 or chat online.

Local support & information

Blast

The BLAST Project supports boys and young men aged 25 and under, across the Bradford and Leeds areas who are being, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited. You can find out more on their website.

You can contact the BLAST team on 0113 2444 209 or blast@mesmac.co.uk

Barnardo’s Turnaround

Barnardo’s runs specialist sexual exploitation projects that offer a safe, confidential environment where young people can go for help, advice and support.

You can contact the friendly team on 01274 548 379

Hand in Hand

The Hand in Hand project provides a safe and accessible service for children and young people who are involved in or vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

You can contact the team on 01535 606 868

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