What is sexual exploitation?

Sexual exploitation happens when someone takes advantage of you by getting you to do sexual things for them (or other people).  You might need or want something that they are able to give you and this gives them control over you.  They might use bribes to manipulate you (which is called grooming), or it might be more obvious forms of threats or intimidation.

It can take place anywhere, including at a friend’s house, at parties, on the street, in your home, or online.

The sorts of things you might need or want are alcohol, drugs, somewhere to stay, an invite to a party, money, friends, food, a lift, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a phone or something else.

WiSE Up to Boys 2017 is a campaign to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of boys and young men.

It is believed that 1 in 3 victims of child sexual exploitation is male, yet only 1 in 10 victims known to support services is a boy. This is not something that only happens to girls. On 14 November 2017 YMCA WiSE Project is launching a campaign to ensure everyone knows how to spot and how to respond to anyone who may be at risk of or experiencing exploitation, and to ensure that boys and young men know they are not alone and there is support for them.

Support the campaign:

Follow us on Twitter @thewiseproject or Instagram @ymcawise or like our page on Facebook @ymcawise

Like, share or retweet our campaign videos/links, using the hashtag #wiseuptoboys

For more information about the campaign email us at wise@ymcadlg.org.