This Sunday 13th August, Yorkshire born broadcasting journalist, Charlie Webster will be presenting our first ever public appeal on BBC Radio 4.
Charlie begins the appeal by sharing her experience of being groomed and sexually abused over a number of years by her running coach when she just fifteen years old. A passionate campaigner for survivors of child abuse, Charlie believes every family affected should be given the support they need:
“I have been campaigning for a long time now to make sure victims of sexual abuse get the specialist support they need. It’s something I never had until a lot later in my life and I know how devastating the aftermath of trauma that abuse leaves behind can be. That’s why I am supporting the charity Pace.”
Finding out their child has been exploited is devastating for parents. They have to help their child to cope with the trauma of abuse they have suffered which can be far reaching and keep them safe from the manipulative abuser who is coercing them.
One parent said
“I just don’t think my family would be together if we hadn’t been supported by Pace.”
Please tune in to the appeal on BBC Radio 4 on 13 August at 07.54am to learn more about the difference you can make to families living with child exploitation.