Jack’s Story

cse_large_banner_ jackI met Gary through Facebook when he came up as a suggested friend. I was 13 at the time and he told me he was 18. I added him as a friend and we started chatting, just having normal conversations.

I started to like him more and more as we got talking and the conversations became quite sexual and we arranged to meet up. I thought I knew a bit about him because he had told me his age and where he lived and sent me a picture, but I know now this was all lies as he was much older than he said and had used a photograph of somebody else.
I was usually really careful online as I have seen all the warnings about internet safety but I kind of just thought nothing would happen to me.

We arranged to meet at a hotel and when we met I realised straight away that something wasn’t right. I went along with things at the start because I really wanted to be in a relationship, and at first he seemed really nice.
We started having sex and although by that stage I knew he was a much older man I felt confused and trapped.

Eventually I told my mum what was happening and it was her who called the police. I didn’t want to tell the truth at first, but then I realised he could do the same thing to other people like me and I didn’t want that to happen.

I still use the internet but I don’t do anything like this anymore. I think some young people know how dangerous the internet can be, but there are still a lot who don’t

Talk to someone

If you are worried that this is happening to you or a friend then please contact the police on 101.

Alternatively speak to a trusted adult or seek advice and support from:
CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
Childline – call the free helpline on 0800 1111
Crimestoppers – contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the website www.fearless.org

If you are in immediate danger or need urgent help then always call then police on 999.

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