On the 14th November 2017 YMCA WiSE Project will be launching
a campaign to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of boys
and young men, WiSE Up to Boys. The campaign aims to increase
awareness and understanding that child sexual exploitation (CSE) happens
to boys too, through a series of short films. The campaign will be driven by
social media and the creation of an educational toolkit for use in schools and training.
To ensure that the sexual exploitation of boys and young men is recognised and responded
to, and that boys and young men are aware of where and how to access help and support.
1) Boys and young men up to the age of 25
2) All children and young people
3) Parents and carers and the wider community
4) Services and organisations who work and support children and young people
– Boys and young men can be victims of sexual exploitation;
– Gender bias must be challenged;
– Help and support is available to boys and young men;
– In order to help boys and young men overcome the barriers to accessing help and
support we need to raise the awareness of boys and young men as potential victims
in everyone who may be involved in their lives;
– Together we can stop child sexual exploitation.
Research commissioned by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and carried out by
YMCA WiSE Project found that:
o It was frequently reported by boys and young men that CSE is something that
happens to girls;
o Boys and girls are responded to
differently when it comes to situations
that involve risk and vulnerability;
o Girls are perceived to be more vulnerable and
at higher risk of exploitation and sexual violence;
o Most existing awareness raising on CSE focuses on the
experiences of girls;
o Community responses acknowledged that sexual exploitation
of boys “must go on”, but generally never heard of it happening;
o Parents and carers are more likely to worry about their daughters being
sexually exploited than their sons;
o Victims interviewed said they never instigated disclosures, but did disclose when
someone started questioning them about a change in their behaviour or another sign.
Although only 1 in 10 CSE safeguarding referrals were in relation to boys and young men it
is believed that 1 in 3 victims of CSE is male (Barnardo’s, 2014).
What we need you to do:
1) Follow us on Twitter (@thewiseproject) or Instagram (@ymcawise) or like our page on
2) Join our Thunderclap www.thunderclap.it/projects/62715-wise-up-to-boys
Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that enables one message to be
simultaneously shared across social media platforms, like a giant virtual flashmob.
On 14th November…
3) Like, share and retweet our campaign videos and links, using the hashtag
If you have any questions about the campaign please contact Clara Larribeau Wade or
Charlotte Amor, WiSE Project Managers, on firstname.lastname@example.org or