06 August 2015
One of the best ways for young people affected by CSE to get the help they need is to tell someone else what’s going on. Whether it’s a teacher, parent, friend or support worker, telling someone you trust what’s happening to you can be the first step to getting the help and support you need to escape the situation.
However, talking about CSE isn’t always easy and a lot of young people don’t know who to turn to or who to trust. To help people affected by CSE to speak up, the NWG Network has launched a new service called Say Something.
Intended to make it easier for young people affected by CSE, as well as their friends and family, to get the help they need, the project could transform the lives of the UK’s teens in need and give a voice to what might feel like forgotten children.
What is the ‘Say Something’ campaign?
If you or one of your friends has been affected by child sexual exploitation, it can be difficult to know who to trust, where to find them and what to say. So, the ‘Say Something’ campaign has been specifically designed to make it easy to tell someone about sexual abuse and to help young people recognise the warning signs of CSE in themselves and in their friends.
From teaching young people that it’s not OK for anyone to ask or expect them to do things they’re not comfortable with, to providing a free 24-hour, confidential helpline that young people can access by phone or by text, the ‘Say Something’ campaign hopes to make it easier for the victims of CSE to get the help they deserve.
Why is it hard to talk about CSE?
Many of the abusers who groom young people deliberately try to make them feel ashamed, telling them that it’s all their fault and that no one will believe them even if they do tell someone about what’s happening to them.
However, as organisations like the NWG Network and the Rose Project know, this is simply not true. Older people use a lot of clever tricks to get young people to do what they want them to, isolating them from their friends and family, getting them involved with drugs and alcohol and convincing them that they are in real relationships.
How can ‘Say Something’ help victims of CSE?
By making it easier for young people affected by CSE to contact organisations dedicated to helping the victims of CSE, and by teaching adults and children how to spot the warning signs of CSE, ‘Say Something’ hopes to get young people the help they need quickly and effectively.
This work is very important in the fight against CSE, and is supported by the Rose Project as well as hundreds of other organisations that are dedicated to helping young people and stopping CSE.
To find out more about the services and support available for those affected by CSE check out the rest of our website and call the Rose Project on 0808 800 1037.