Sexual Exploitation is when someone tricks you, manipulates you and maybe forces you to do something sexually for the benefit of themselves or others.
This person may act as your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, they could be your age, older, male or female, you may have known them a long time or they may be a new friend.
You may have met this person on line or through friends. But something is telling you this is not right, you need to listen to that feeling.
- They may make you have sex or perform sexual acts on them or other people
- They may blackmail you with pictures they have of you
- They may make you watch things you do not want to see
- They may encourage you to take and send naked images of yourself
- They may encourage you to drink alcohol or take drugs
- They might touch you which makes you feel uncomfortable
They may make you feel as though:
- They love you
- They care about you
- Respect you and treat you like an adult
- They may offer you a place to stay
- They may offer you gifts, drugs, clothes, mobile phone
But although they make you feel special, they also:
- Make you feel guilty
- Threaten you or your family and friends
- Blackmail you
- Maybe violent towards you
- Humiliate you and make you feel stupid
This could be Sexual Exploitation and we are here to support you.
- If you feel pressure is being put on you, does that mean that this is a safe situation?
- Nothing comes for free? Why are they offering you free things?
- Do you feel safe? Is your stomach in knots? Are you feeling nervous?
- Do not share images of yourself that you wouldn’t want your parents/friends to see.
- Be mindful of what info you share online and on your social media profiles. Are they private? Who have you shared your phone number with?
- Make sure someone always knows where you are. How are you getting home? Are you safe?
- Using alcohol and Drugs can affect your ability to be safe.