Hull Trinity Academy House to raise awareness of male abuse victims

As part of a national awareness week, students from the all-boys school will be raising awareness of male victims of abuse.

Students from Hull Trinity House Academy are shining the spotlight on male abuse victims.

Pupils are creating a series of online stories to raise awareness of sexual exploitation around men as part of the Not In Our Community Campaign.

Their campaign coincides with a national awareness week starting today, that looks to gain feedback from young people and care professionals so more discussion and attention can be given to help young people understand that males can also be victims of sexual exploitation.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the boy's secondary school are working with Humberside's Police and Crime Commissioner, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council as part of the campaign.

Paulette Waterman, Head of Student Services, says it's important to be involved:

"Child sexual exploitation is very much in the news these days and we wanted to play our part in safeguarding the interests of our own students but also the interests of all the young people. As a boys-only school, we felt we were in a unique position to offer a male perspective on how best to safeguard young men."

She says it's a topic which should be covered everywhere:

"I think there's a need in any area. I think you've got to sweep away the judgements that it only happens in certain areas, it doesn't. It can happen in any area, to any student of any age, so I think that's why there needs to be a general alertness to it." 

John Gilbert, Campaign Director for Not in our community said:

"One of the fundamentals of our campaign is to involve young people in the creation of  messages we share to make sure that we get it right and that it hits home to the young people in our area.

"The help of students from Trinity House is incredibly valuable to us in particular around this sensitive subject. The guys we've been working with have been very open and have pushed us to be bold in our approach whilst making sure that we challenge the false assumptions young people might hold when it comes to issues such as male rape and other forms of abuse."

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