Every day we hear news stories of more children who have experienced sexual abuse.

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As shocking as stories in the news are they don’t tell the whole story of what it’s like for a child that’s been sexually abused. They don’t talk about how alone they are when they feel they can’t talk to anyone about what they’re going through. Or the damaging long-term effect exploitation has on children.

Tyler experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a family member and felt like he couldn’t tell anyone about it. If you haven’t seen the first part of Tyler’s story you can watch it on our web pages.

Watch the second part of Tyler’s story to see how important noticing the signs of exploitation and acting on them can be.

How we’re helping to put an end to exploitation

Research shows that most children who have been sexually exploited felt like they couldn’t tell anyone about their abuse but would have liked someone to have noticed and asked about it.

We help educate teachers, health professionals and the police about how to spot the signs of sexual abuse early and teach them how to step in when they think a child is in danger. A lot of the children that we work with have been referred to us from people who thought that a child was in a vulnerable situation and needed our help.

We work intensively with thousands of vulnerable children who have experienced sexual exploitation every year. We listen to children and help them to repair the damage that has been done to their lives. Through our one-to-one and prevention work, we’re helping to build brighter futures for children who’ve been abused all over the country.

What can you do to help?

If you think a child is in danger, asking if they are okay often makes a huge difference. Children are sometimes worried that they won’t be believed, so making the time to listen and take what they are saying seriously is incredibly important. You can find out more by becoming a Seen and Heard champion

However, if you think a child is in immediate danger you should: