"Consensual" Abuse: where love is lost

Recent reports in the Hampshire press have brought to light a new campaign which aims to prevent thousands of young people from being abused – even though they themselves may believe they are not victims at all.

The new scheme is the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) campaign, which has been launched by Hampshire police, to raise awareness of typical signs that can be spotted if young people are thought to be victims of abuse.

CSE particularly looks out for cases of minors who are being sexually exploited for money, power or status. The victims themselves may think they have consented as part of a committed relationship – even to the point where they may not even believe they are being subjected to any abuse.

As the CSE campaign highlights, victims can often be tricked in to believing they are in a loving relationship with somebody, but the reality is quite different.

Usually, victims will be treated to spontaneous, unexplained gifts, days out or parties where they will be given alcohol or even drugs. According to CSE’s own blog, there are a few signs that parents, carers, teachers etc., should be vigilant against:

  • Children/teenagers going missing, stays out late or is frequently absent from school
  • Changes to mood or changes to circle of friends – are they hanging around with any unusual characters?
  • Being controlled by someone else – is anyone telling them to dress or act differently to usual?

CSE also warns of two common “models” of behaviour:

  1. The boyfriend model – where a victim believes they are in a relationship with a person, but they are actually being sexually exploited
  2. The party model – where victims are lead to house parties by their abuser where older males can prey on vulnerable females.

Even though victims of such abuse may feel their relationship was consensual, chances are it wasn’t – and sexual activity with a minor is still a crime. Even if yours is a historical case, the abuse team here at Verisona Law can assist you to sensitively resolve it, seek compensation or punishment for an abuser. Why not contact us today to see how we can help?

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

Her extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules, skills in evidence gathering and analysis of liability and causation, and experience in risk assessment and settlement negotiation make her a valuable asset to clients and colleagues alike.

She is also a member of Verisona Law’s Historic Abuse Team and undertakes documentary analysis, work relating to case evidence and the development of legal arguments to secure successful settlements. She is fluent in German and Persian.

Lisa also has experience in Civil Litigation regarding Debt Recovery, Breach of Contract, and Insolvency Law.

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Lisa studied ‘Contract Law, European Law and Employment Law’ as part of her degree in BA (Hons) Business Administration. She has also studied other business subjects, including accounting.

Having completed her degree, Lisa started work for Verisona Law in November 1999 in the Personal Injury department as a Trainee Litigation Clerk and since then has developed extensive skills in relation to personal injury litigation and case preparation.

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  • Abuse claims

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