Posted: 18 November 2015

Lauren's story: Supported by us

Like lots of the young people we work with, Lauren was referred to our services which are aimed at helping young people and children who are affected by child sexual exploitation. This is her story, of how she was exploited by others.

13 years old

When Lauren was 13, she started to spend time with older girls. She wanted to do whatever they did, so when her new friends began hanging around with much older men, she did too.

Getting help

Thankfully, Lauren’s school noticed a change in her behaviour and told her about our CSE services that support young people at risk of being sexually exploited.

Lauren started having regular one to ones with a project worker at her local service. Through these sessions, group workshops and videos, Lauren realised what was happening to her. She says, “It’s different how they tell you stuff, it goes into your head. I think it’s because they understand and they don’t talk down to you. There’s no blame here.”

Educated about grooming

Lauren’s project worker carefully educated Lauren about the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation, and gave her the tools and protection she needed to stay safe.

Prosecuting the perpetrators

Lauren has been attending our service for six years. In this time she has given evidence to help prosecute the men who groomed her. Lauren says the service has given her the confidence to walk away from it.

Help us support more young people like Lauren

Our services help young people like Lauren understand the dangers of grooming. Our specialist project workers give children and young people the confidence to walk away from exploitative relationships, and with our support we can help them to recover from the trauma of past abuse. We want to double our support to help more than 1,000 young people stay safe and rebuild their lives. We need your help to do this.

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By Hannah Flynn
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