The Lotus Project is a new project in Dumfries and Galloway that is dedicated to tackling sexual exploitation in our region. Our aims are:
The Lotus Project works with people across Dumfries and Galloway:
Child sexual exploitation (or CSE) is a form of child abuse where young people under the age of 18 are coerced, manipulated or forced into taking part in sexual activities for which they, or someone else receives some form of benefit. This could be food, transport, somewhere to stay, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gifts, money or affection.
Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet or on mobile phones.
Violence, coercion and intimidation are common in CSE. Involvement in exploitative relationships is characterised by the child’s or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social, economic or emotional vulnerability. In all cases of child sexual exploitation, those doing the exploiting have power or influence over their victim. This can be due to a difference in age, gender, intelligence, wealth or physical strength.
A common feature of CSE is that the child or young person does not recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and does not see themselves as a victim of exploitation. Some young people may believe that they are in a loving, consensual relationship when in fact they are being exploited.
Any child or young person under the age of 18 of any race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, gender, background, community or upbringing can be at risk of or become a victim of child sexual exploitation.
As a parent or carer, the thought or knowledge that your child is being sexually exploited can raise a number of feelings, emotions and questions. However, we are here to offer advice, guidance and support. We will listen to you
You can contact us by phone on: 01387 950 813
Or through this website: click here.
Or by emailing Maureen Taylor (Project Manager) on: email@example.com
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999.
Other organisations can also help you: Click here.
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