Despite increased recognition of the issue, children and young people are still being sexually exploited in Leeds, Bradford and elsewhere around the country affecting girls and boys of all ages. Young people should never have to experience such exploitation and they should never be made to feel its their fault – whether by their perpetrator, friends, family or professionals supporting them. Sadly we know victimblaming is still all too common due to a lack of understanding of the CSE and the stereotypes that persist.
We are passionate about continuing to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation as we know myths about sexual exploitation and abuse are persistent and will affect the opportunity for young people and historic victims to achieve justice.
For the 3rd year now, we will be supporting the National Day to End Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) by raising awareness of child sexual exploitation, who it affects, how it impacts and what we can all be doing to enable victims to achieve justice. This year the events will largely be driven by the input of young people themselves.
The main events will be:
March 18th 4 – 6: #ItsNotYourFault #TellSomeone Booking Essential
An interactive CSE Learning Event at the Shine (Harehills) consisting of presentations and a series of workshops designed and facilitated by young people we have supported. It will also include an exhibition of artwork and poetry by young people.
Keep an eye out (and check our Twitter @basis_yp and our Facebook page and our fundraising collections around the city in the week leading up to the day
How else can you support our #ItsNotYourFault campaign?
- Support the national media campaign by sharing your message of support
- Donate online here or tweet a picture of a “helping hand”
- Share your messages of support by sharing individual hands of raise awareness in school by making a “tree of hands”
- Host a bakesale, a sponsored manicure or other fundraising initiative in your school/office for us
The Basis Young People section on 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.
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