Sexual exploitation can be hard to recognise because often it feels like that you are in a good relationship with the person – or people – who abuse your trust in them.
It could be that you are exploited by a friend, or group of friends, or someone you think of as a boyfriend or girlfriend or it might be a person or a new group of people you’ve only just got to know, either in person or online.
If what you are being asked or forced to do makes you feel uncomfortable or worried in some way and somehow feels wrong then remember it probably is.
Kayleigh’s Love Story is a film produced by Leicestershire Police about aspects of the last 13 days of the life of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood in November 2015. The Leicestershire schoolgirl was groomed online by a man she had never met, before being raped and murdered by his next door neighbour.
Warning – If the film were to be screened at a cinema, they would carry a 15 certificate.
Where can you find help?
We have created the ‘ERASE’ (Educate and Raise Awareness of Sexual Exploitation) website and where you (and parents and carers) can find lots of advice on Sexual Exploitation. The website can be found at www.eraseabuse.org
If you are worried for yourself or a friend, please talk to an adult you trust. Remember: if you are in any danger or feel unsafe, get in contact with the police immediately on 999.
You can find out more about sexual exploitation from the ThinkuKnow website.