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NSPCC helps hundreds of victims of child sexual exploitation in Peterborough

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New figures show the NSPCC has helped more than 300 children in Peterborough and the wider area to cope with the effects of abuse.

The charity is warning young people about how to spot signs of grooming as they say many young victims do not know they are being groomed and exploited because of the tactics offenders use.

Children as young as ten are being helped by the their Protect and Respect service.

"Young people will not always recognise that they are being exploited and treated as property. Groomers can trick a child into believing that they have chosen to be in this situation and will use them however they like. We want every child to be able to spot exploitation for what it is and, if they find themselves in danger, know that it is categorically not their fault. Our Protect and Respect service is showing them how to spot potential abusers, find their way out of an exploitative cycle, and help them on the road to recovery."

– SUE WHITWOOD, SERVICE CENTRE MANAGER FOR NSPCC PETERBOROUGH

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