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Scenario 4
Grooming
Katie meets an older guy at Maddie's house and as they grow closer, Maddie becomes concerned.
TO BE CONTINUED...
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When you love someone you will often do anything for them, even things you might feel uncomfortable or unhappy to do normally. It is amazing what we will do to make our partner happy or in the name of love.

 

Sexual exploitation is: Where someone takes advantage of you sexually by giving the illusion of love and care, or by giving you gifts, food or accommodation. They may have power over you and use threats or violence, so they can get you to perform sexual acts for them or for others.

 

The biggest problem with spotting sexual exploitation is often the abusers pretend to be people who love and care for us. We call this grooming.

 

Grooming is: When someone who wants to use and sexually exploit you is nice to you and makes you think they are a safe person to be around. They can do this by pretending to be your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, or act like a Mum, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Brother, Sister or other family member.

 

It is very easy to get caught up in the romance of it all and not see that actually the person who is supposed to care for us is really only using us.

 

To find out more about grooming and sexual exploitation visit Respect Yourself and check out the page on Feeling Safe In Relationships.