Child sexual exploitation awareness campaign launched
— November 25, 2014
The campaign includes a series of posters with 14 different signs that a young person is a victim of sexual exploitation. These will be displayed in prominent public locations including on buses, in shopping centres and doctor’s surgeries.
There will also be an online marketing campaign to help raise awareness of young people and how they can report any concerns and where they can get help and advice.
Tackling child sexual exploitation is a key priority for South Yorkshire Police and its partners and we are absolutely committed to preventing child sexual abuse, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice. This campaign is just one of a number of ways we are working to increase awareness of this shocking crime, its tell-tale signs and where people can go to get help if they have concerns.– INGRID LEE, ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE
The shocking truth is that most sexual exploitation occurs in the home and within families. We want to provide victims of this horrific crime with the strength and confidence to come forward. That will only happen if we are all alert to the signs of abuse – the public as well as the various agencies. If family or friends of young people recognise some of the signs shown on these images, we encourage them to call the helpline numbers and provide the police and support services with the intelligence they need to act now.– ALAN BILLINGS, SOUTH YORKSHIRE PCCYou can follow the campaign on Twitter using #spotthesigns and #saysomething.