THE IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
The impact of child exploitation on the young people affected is huge.
For example exploited young people are at increased risk of rape, sexual assault, physical violence, sexually transmitted infections, trafficking and pressure to use drugs and alcohol.
Exploitation can impact on every aspect of a child/young person’s life, such as:
- Physical and mental health
- Education and training
- Family relationships
- Friends and social relationships
- How they view others
- Their relationships with their own children in the future
Psychological impact of child exploitation
Anxiety, depression, addiction, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, PTSD, self-image, depression, nightmares, flashbacks, attachment problems.
Physiological impact of child exploitation
Physicial injuries, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, weight loss, sickness, self-harm, general ill health, sexually transmitted infections, problems with fertility, hair loss, poor diet, addictions.
Social impact of child exploitation
Isolation from friends and family, education, hobbies and interests, risky/dangerous situations and people, difficulty developing and maintaining relationships, avoiding certain places and people, moving areas, social isolation.
Economic impact of child exploitation
Drug/Alcohol ‘debt’, financial difficulty, stealing, unable to work, housing problems, trouble supporting children, benefit claims, difficulty accessing mainstream education.