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. We need 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.
In the weeks leading up to 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) as well as our partners across Leeds and N.Yorkshire will be 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.
The following has been planned:
March 5 -18: CSE – In our own Words – Exhibition (at Shine Harehills)
March 7th: Bake Sale at Leeds University
March 11th: Leeds City Centre Awareness Raising Stall
CSE Learning Event featuring young people’s words and experiences as well as recent research findings on CSE/A Evaluation Methods
March 17th: WalkitorSupportit Sponsorsed walk by Time 2
Please keep an eye out (and check our Twitter @basis_yp and @TheTime2Project).
We also want to use the campaign to raise awareness of CSE and much needed funds for our work. Despite the support of partners like Children in Need, Leeds City Council and the Multi-Agency CSE Hub, the Safe Project and our own best efforts, we currently have a waiting list of young people and we still urgently need funds. In particular the Time2 project want to develop a resource, and in Leeds we want to raise funds to continue the wonderful work of our Lionesses, who’ve played such an instrumental part in this campaign.
How else can you support our #itsnotyourfault campaign?
- Support the national media campaign by sharing your message of support
- Donate online here or on with your mobile; text BYYP18 £5 to 70070 to support, or tweet a picture of a “helping hand” – for instance by sharing individual hands of raise awareness in school by making a “tree of hands”
- Join the Walk It or Support It event in N. Yorkshire project with our Time2 Project
- Host a bakesale, a sponsored manicure or other fundraising initiative in your school/office for us
The Basis Young People section and The Time2 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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