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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Risk and resilience: a focus on sexually exploited young people

Risk and resilience: a focus on sexually exploited young people

(p.203) twelve Risk and resilience: a focus on sexually exploited young people
Growing up with risk

Jenny J. Pearce

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the relationship between risk, resilience, and sexual exploitation as experienced by young people. It first defines sexual exploitation and then looks at the different types of risk factors that have been identified as making a young person vulnerable to exploitation. The chapter considers the risks that young people might face while being involved in a sexually exploitative relationship, and the interventions which might support vulnerable young people. It explores these in relation to the young person's resilience: their capacity to manage different forms of risk. The chapter looks at the interplay between risk and resilience by referring to case-study work with 55 sexually exploited young women. The chapter then identifies a specific case study to look at resilience factors that contribute to the young person feeling stronger, more capable of recovering from abuse, and of preventing it from reoccurring.

Keywords:   sexual exploitation, young people, risk factors, risk management

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