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West Mercia Police supports national campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation

West Mercia Police is supporting National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day tomorrow (Saturday 18 March).

#HelpingHands West Mercia Police
#HelpingHands West Mercia Police
Officers are raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) by supporting the #HelpingHands #CSE17 campaign, where the public are being asked to unite against the issue. People are asked to write a pledge on their hands and show their support for the day by posting a picture on social media.

CSE is a type of child abuse. It happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something. The reward might be presents, money, alcohol, or simply just the promise of love and affection.

Detective Superintendent Alison Davies from West Mercia Police said: "Child sexual exploitation affects more people than many of us realise and it's important that people understand this type of abuse can happen to any child anywhere.

"The national awareness day is an opportunity for the public to show their support and help get involved. We all have a role to play in keeping children and young people safe from sexual exploitation.

"We have launched a new campaign 'Tell Someone' encouraging anyone who sees anything they are concerned about to tell someone, to get help. We have specially trained officers to deal with this type of abuse and we work closely with our partner agencies across the region to provide support and help for people suffering."

Issued: Friday 17 March, 2017 2.30pm Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

Published 17/03/17