Despite increased recognition of the issue, children and young people are still being sexually exploited in Leeds, N. Yorkshire and elsewhere around the country. Young people should never have to experience such exploitation and they should never be made to feel its their fault.
On 18th of March we will therefore be supporting National Day to end Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) This year we’re excited to announce that Basis Young People (Leeds) and Time 2 (N. Yorkshire) will be doing something special in the week leading up to the Day – with as our main event:
Listen UP –
Listen UP ….. is an exhibition, co-produced by ex-service users, all of whom who have experienced sexual exploitation. This interactive, experiential exhibition depicting the journey of a young person who is being sexually exploited, from the first instance of not recognising and resisting support, to moving on after child sexual exploitation. It will highlight the feelings, thoughts and words of wisdom of young people about their experience of sexual exploitation – enabling the visitor to feel what the young person experiences. It will make it clear that its never a young persons fault and that we should all Listen UP.
The Leeds exhibition will be open from 3 to 8 pm, the times below indicate when there will be a brief presentation on the background of the exhibition and a short movie will be shown bout CSE, co-produced by young people.
Location: East Street Art Hostel (Kirkgate 83, Leeds)
Times: 15 Mar ( 5:30) | 16 Mar (4: 30 – and 5:30) | 17 Mar (4:30)
We also want to use the campaign to raise awareness of CSE and much needed funds for our work. Due to insufficient funding, we have a waiting list both in N .Yorkshire and Leeds and when young people are medium to high risk or experiencing exploitation , this is unacceptable.
- Visit the Listen UP exhibition – bookings can be made here (Leeds, York) – its FREE! (YP yr 9 onwards)
- Support the national media campaign by sharing your message of support on a “helping hand”
- Host a bakesale, a sponsored manicure or other fundraising initiative in your school/office for us
- Donate online here or on with your mobile; text BYYP17 £5 to 70070
Throughout the week we’ll also be supported by local organisations who will be fundraising for us, including our regular lunch providers DJs Deli.
The Basis Young People section of our website has more information about what to do If you are worried about a young person or for yourself, please see our website (Leeds and York) to see how we can help.