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Love Trap



Love Trap

A play & a film - Four drama workshops
April 4 – April 15

You can book the four online workshops, or book one or two and mix them with lesson plans/teaching resource packs.

Email us at suddenproductions@yahoo.co.uk.

Love Trap focuses on raising awareness of child sexual exploitation and grooming via live or online performances and drama workshops with young people.

LOVE TRAP
I was groomed by a stranger over the Internet, in my bedroom. My parents were sitting downstairs watching TV and didn’t suspect a thing. It happened right under their noses.
I met Tony on the Internet when I was twelve. He said he was fifteen. We talked on Whatsapp and chat rooms for months about sport, parents, school, friends, movies… everything and nothing. Slowly, though, things changed: he told me about his girlfriends. Randomly, he brought up his sex life before adding details.
Time passed and I believed he was besotted with me. He told me I was so pretty and clever; that I was witty and understood him like no one else had. He wanted me, and he wanted to do to me the many sexual things he had detailed to me over the past few months. He said he wouldn’t meet me in person because he couldn’t help himself. He wanted to keep my dignity intact. So good of him.
And we met.
I begged my friend Olivia to cover for me. I would be at her house. My mum drove me to hers. I got in and I waited for my mum to drive out. I got into the white car that was parked on the other side of the road.
He carried on making me feel like I was special. I was the one.
He confessed he was a little older than he’d said and bought me presents. Our love had to remain our secret, just like our videos had to remain private. The blackmail was not even subtle.
I didn’t think I was groomed; it’s complicated. I loved him. I was scared.
I met his friends.
People say I’m lucky I’m alive. Am I?
I survived child sexual grooming and abuse. I’m a gymnast, sister, friend, and student. Girls like me are all around you, but no one wants to listen to us. When we talk about grooming, people want to talk about something else. I was also told it was just a bad relationship; a bad experience; bad luck. Victims need to talk so they can heal; so they can prevent others from going through the same ordeal.

Our ultimate aim is for young people taking part in the project to know that they can recognise grooming now and say no! Exploitation crosses cultural and class boundaries, and can happen to children and young people in any environment, of any gender or sexual orientation. Children at risk of sexual exploitation need a voice, and the open forum debate format used in our workshops are effective in enabling children and young people to speak up, about their own experiences, when coming together to create solutions for preventing exploitation, and about seeking help when escaping abuse.

Our workshops will make use of age-appropriate roleplay scenarios to give children and young people the chance to develop their protective skills, as well as their understanding of the different ways in which children can become groomed and exploited both by adults and even their own peers.

Child Sexual Exploitation is a type of abuse. It’s when children & young people are tricked into performing sexual acts. It can happen to both boys and girls. At the start, the young person may think they’re in a loving consensual relationship, because they get gifts, money, status, affection. In reality, they are being groomed. Having gained the child’s trust, abusers can control them through threats and violence. They may force them to have sex with other people and even make them groom other young people for sex. As a result of lockdown measures, children are increasingly online and dependent on social media to remain in contact with friends, express feelings, study, and distract themselves—and, as highlighted by EUROPOL, sexual offenders are taking advantage of this situation

Our ultimate aim is for young people taking part in the project to know that they can recognise grooming now and say no! Exploitation crosses cultural and class boundaries and can happen to children and young people in any environment and of any gender and sexual orientation. Children at risk of sexual exploitation need a voice and the open forum debate format used in our workshops are effective in enabling children and young people to speak up, both about their own experiences and when coming together to create solutions for preventing exploitation and for seeking help in escaping abuse.

Our workshops will make use of age appropriate role play scenarios to give children and young people the chance to develop their protective skills and their understanding of the different ways in which children can become groomed and exploited both by adults and even their own peers.

Themes for each session:

One short play – One film – Four drama workshops

One short play or film performed by young professional actors, supported by an experienced workshop facilitator. Includes four drama workshops and free handouts.

Themes for each session:

Session 1: Introduction to CSE and Online Grooming – Why this programme is important; who the course is for; what Child Sexual Exploitation is; what online grooming is; exploring the definitions in more detail; the models of exploitation.

Session 2: How Young People Become Involved in CSE – Vulnerability; case studies; how young people are targeted; what is known about perpetrators; warning signs; hotspots.

Session 3: How Young People React to CSE/Online Grooming – Emotions that accompany CSE; why young people don’t disclose abuse; why young people may return to their abusers; recognising CSE; talking about CSE and the impact of online sexual exploitation.

Session 4: Where to Report Child Sexual Exploitation – Support for families; support for families and young people; Childline.

You can book the 4 online workshops or book 1 or 2 workshops and mix with lesson plans/teaching resource packs.



Facts

Child grooming is the act of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child (and sometimes the family) to lower the child's inhibitions, with the objective of sexual abuse. Child grooming is also regularly used to lure minors into various illicit businesses, such as child trafficking, child prostitution, cybersex trafficking, or the production of child pornography. The concept of localised grooming, in which gangs groom neighbourhood victims, was defined in 2010 by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

The sexual grooming of children also occurs on the Internet. Some abusers (sometimes posing as children themselves) chat with children online and make arrangements to meet with them in person. While not an exhaustive list, this often includes sexting, sexualised images of children, and materials of child sexual abuse/exploitation, grooming, or live streaming. The online grooming of children is most prevalent within the 13–17 age group (99% of cases), and particularly 13–14 (48%). The majority of targeted children are girls, and most victimisation occurs with mobile phones.