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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Cumbria police issue tips to young people to protect themselves from sexual exploitation

CUMBRIA police are urging young people to be safe this Christmas.

This week saw the launch of the child sexual exploitation campaign by Cumbria police and its partners.

Today police are focusing on how children and young people can protect themselves from becoming victims.

The campaign follows the police and crime commissioner’s conference on Friday which launched his further commitment to tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Coughlan, from the public protection unit for Cumbria police, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to urge children and young people to protect themselves against exploitation. Sometimes it can be difficult for young people to recognise the dangers of communicating with people they have met online, or an older boyfriend/ girlfriend.

“If you feel you are showing any of the signs listed below, please speak to someone you trust and let them know what has been happening.

“I would also like to highlight the dangers of ‘sexting’. Many young people see sexting as a bit of fun, that’s just between themselves and their partner. But the truth is once you have sent an image to others you have lost control of it and it can end up anywhere.

“These images could be then used to bully, harass or even locate the person who sent the image. My advice is if you wouldn’t like your parents or teachers to see an image – don’t send it.”

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