ARE YOU WILLING TO SEND AN URGENT EMAIL ?

imageThere is currently a consultation led by Government to redefine CSE – and they want it to be a subset to child abuse ie uncouple it from CSA. The deadline for responses to the consultation is noon tomorrow ie 11th March 2016. And we need lots of people to send them emails to say that CSE needs to be seen within the context of CSA and not separate. Please cascade further as you feel appropriate. Tight deadline !

You can read more about the consultation (not too many pages, so fairly quickly) at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/statutory-definition-of-child-sexual-exploitation

Below is the content I have sent them, as an individual

This can be copied and pasted
Send email to >>>> CSEdef.Consultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Government,

Whilst I welcome the willingness to consider the need for a CSE definition – we are not in favour of the uncoupling from Child Sexual Abuse. Our reasons for this is that many of the children/young people who have been victims of CSE have previously been a victim of familial child sexual abuse.

I consider, and work on the basis that, CSE is a form of CSA – and not separate.

I am NOT in favour of the present proposal and consider an that the following is more appropriate:

“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child SEXUAL abuse. It occurs where anyone under the age of 18 is persuaded, coerced or forced into sexual activity in exchange for, amongst other things, money, drugs/alcohol, gifts, affection or status. Consent is irrelevant, even where a child may believe they are voluntarily engaging in sexual activity with the person who is exploiting them. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact and may occur online.”

The background to our counter proposal – is that the exchange of money, drugs/alcohol, gifts, affection …….. is common within ALL forms of CSA – and not unique to CSE.

The majority of the women who access specialist rape and sexual abuse services have been sexually abused not only within their familial setting, but also by others outside of the home. In recent years I and others have been concerned at the lack of focus on the overall landscape of CSA, as government continues to focus on CSE. Whilst this is an important subset of CSA it also means that government continue to ignore the needs of the majority of children/teens who are currently or future victims of Sexual Abuse.

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