Following cases in the media many areas are re-examining their response to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Earlier this year those who attended the event to mark the one year anniversary of the Blue Sky Sexual Assault Referral Centre were privileged to hear first hand from someone who had been involved. Writing under the name Emma Jackson you can read the book of her story.
One of the messages she gave us was that CSE could happen to anyone anywhere but that there may be tell-tale signs that something might be wrong.
Signs a child could be being sexually exploited
- Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
- Skipping school or being disruptive in class
- Appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions
- Experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection
- Having mood swings and changes in temperament
- Using drugs and alcohol
- Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviours, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone
- Showing signs of unexplained physical harm such as bruising and cigarette marks
If you have been a victim of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, trafficking or rape within a relationship/marriage then you can contact The Blue Sky Centre (SARC – Sexual Assault Referral Centre) for help and support.
The Blue Sky Centre is located on site at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton and supports women, men, young people and children of all ages. The service is free, completely confidential and supports anyone who has experience sexual violence whether it be a recent event or historic.
For more information on The Blue Sky Centre and how they can help you visit: http://www.blueskycentre.org.uk/ or call 02476 865 505.