Tack­ling child sex abuse is­sue

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff reporter

South La­nark­shire Child Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee are back­ing a new cam­paign that tack­les child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

It comes as new re­search shows 93 per cent of par­ents have heard of child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, but al­most a third (29 per cent) know lit­tle about it and over a third (36 per cent) be­lieve it won’t af­fect their fam­ily.

In 2014/15 Child­Line in Scot­land pro­vided 635 coun­selling ses­sions to chil­dren and young peo­ple wor­ried about child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, with the NSPCC re­spond­ing to 62 in­quiries from adults in Scot­land in the same pe­riod.

Nor­man Dun­ning, in­de­pen­dent chair of the South La­nark­shire Child Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee, said:“Child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion is a com­plex form of abuse in which vic­tims are ma­nip­u­lated, pres­surised or forced into tak­ing part in a sex­ual act in ex­change for re­ceiv­ing some­thing.

“It’s of­ten a hid­den crime where the child may not un­der­stand that they are a vic­tim and so may not come for­ward to ask for help.

“This re­search shows that most par­ents don’t know a lot about the ways in which child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion can take place and don’t be­lieve that their fam­ily is at risk.

“The re­al­ity is child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion takes many dif­fer­ent forms, both on­line and off­line, and can af­fect any young per­son re­gard­less of their gen­der or back­ground.”

Go to www.csethe­signs.scot for info.

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