Sexual exploitation doesn’t just happen online. It’s every bit as much a danger in everyday life. So follow our guide to keeping yourself safer. 

 

Make sure someone always knows where you are

Going out? Make sure that your family or friends know who you are meeting, where you are going and when you think you’ll be back. Even a rough idea is better than no idea at all. Don’t forget to let someone know if your plans change or you get held up. And make sure that you can contact people if you need help ie make sure your have your phone on you and that’s it’s charged with the contacts you need saved on it.

Know how you’re getting home 

Make sure you know how you’ll be getting home before you leave the house. Don’t ever be tempted to accept a lift from someone you don’t know or have only just met. They may put you in a situation you don’t want to be in. 

Keep your private details private

It takes a long time to get to know someone properly and to discover if they are who they really say they are, so don’t give out any private or personal details quickly. No matter how nice, friendly or attractive your new friend is.

Stick with friends you trust

Never put yourself in the position of being alone with someone you barely know. This is especially true if you’re going to be drinking or taking drugs.

Don’t be persuaded into doing anything unsafe

It’s natural, when you meet someone new, to want them to like you. But don’t be persuaded into doing anything that could be unsafe just to impress them or make them happy. Not only would you be putting yourself in danger but chances are they’ll only ask you to do something even more unsafe next time. 

Above all, always trust your instincts

If someone is making you feel uneasy, unsafe or is asking you to do something that is making you feel uncomfortable or scared, always trust your instincts and get advice from an adult you can trust.