Online warning from rape crisis group

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THE Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis Service has warned ‘risky behaviour’ online could result in sexual exploitation.

Hampshire Constabulary launched a Rape Awareness campaign this week to focus on local rape crisis services.

The Portsmouth service – PARCS – provides free counselling to women and men aged over 13.

Gemma Green, youth outreach worker at PARCS, said: ‘As a rape crisis centre our outreach work helps young people to look at and unpick the subtle issues and concerns around their activity on social media and the networks they have created that could result in some risky behaviour, which someone could ultimately take advantage of in terms of sexual exploitation.

‘All the work PARCS does with young people is based on research which helps us confidently deliver consistent and appropriate messages.

‘We also take sessions with adults – foster carers, adoptive parents, teachers, health care professionals and safety groups.’