Girls at risk of Sexual Exploitation:

  • Regularly absconding
  • Manipulated and coerced into performing sexual acts
  • In a state of disarray, drunkenness and neglect
  • Driven by the addiction of drugs and the desire to be loved
  • Groomed by gangs or peers
  • Last seen walking in the town at 3am

Boys at risk of Sexual Exploitation:

STEREOTYPE

  • Aggressive, moody, argumentative
  • Regularly goes missing
  • Will not talk to those who want to help him
  • Seen as a trouble maker
  • Acts tough, in control

REALITY

  • Confused about how he feels
  • Overwhelmed, can't cope
  • Can't talk – he's ashamed
  • Forced into criminal acts
  • Scared of people seeing the real 'him'