Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
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The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA Centre) wants children to be able to live free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse. Their aim is to reduce the impact of CSA through improved prevention and better response.
The CSA Centre has a long-term strand of work to improve understanding of the scale and nature of child sexual abuse. We are currently making decisions in a fog, using poor quality and old data. In order to make better decisions, target responses effectively and best protect children, we need better data about both the prevalence and contexts of CSA nationally and what agencies know about at a local level.
Stop it Now! UK & Ireland
The confidential Stop it Now! helpline is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Callers do not need to give identifying information, so can remain anonymous. We speak to thousands of people every year, and help them take action to protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.