The impact of child sexual exploitation 

THE IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE AFFECTED IS HUGE.

For example, exploited young people are at increased risk of rape, sexual assault, physical violence, sexually transmitted infections, trafficking and pressure to use drugs and alcohol.

CSE can impact on every aspect of a child/young person’s life, such as:

Physical and mental health

Family relationships

How they view others

Education and training

Friends and social relationships

Their relationships with their own children in the future

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PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Anxiety, depression, addiction, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, PTSD, self-image, depression, nightmares, flashbacks, attachment problems.

PHYSIOLOGICAL IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Physical injuries, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, weight loss, sickness, self-harm, general ill health, sexually transmitted infections, problems with fertility, hair loss, poor diet, addictions.

SOCIAL IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Isolation from friends and family, education, hobbies and interests, risky/dangerous situations and people, difficulty developing and maintaining relationships, avoiding certain places and people, moving areas, social isolation.

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Drug/Alcohol ‘debt’, financial difficulty, stealing, unable to work, housing problems, trouble supporting children, benefit claims, difficulty accessing mainstream education.

spotting the signs

There are many ways we can spot the signs that a young person may be being sexually exploited, but even when young people present numerous indicators, it does not always mean they are being exploited.

 

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

UTRUK 

Main Office: 0203 984 8990
General Email: info@utruk.org.uk
Young Person's Helpline: 0808 164 6780
Helpline Email: helpline@utruk.org.uk

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