Understandably, this is not an easy topic for anyone to talk about. No matter what your situation is in life, we all can have a degree of compassion towards children who have their vulnerability and innocence exploited in such a heinous way. Talking about it can sometimes be seen as acknowledging a crime we’d rather not imagine is taking place, but for that very reason we have to be aware of what is happening in the UK to our children. We can only protect young people and children if we know what the situation is and how CSE is manifesting itself in our society. We all hear about the controversies in Telford, Rochdale or Oxford on the news and extend sympathies but it takes an active effort throughout the UK to make any real change, and right now, we’re not doing enough.
Perpetrators of Child Sexual Exploitation can be male or female, of any ethnicity and from any social class. They also are not always adults, as young people are also capable and culpable of CSE across the country. The largest victim group of child sexual exploitation are children of 13 and 14 years old, with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre recognising that most offenses of CSE take place online. Technology has improved our lives in so many ways, however it has also given sexual predators the ability to abuse and exploit from behind a screen. We have to find ways to make them accountable for their actions and help prevent this exploitation from continuing.[/vc_column_text]