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14 Ways To Protect Yourself From Being Exploited

You can keep yourself safe by knowing some of the WARNING SIGNS and using the TOP TIPS below to protect yourself from being exploited.

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1. If you're worried about yourself or a friend – PLEASE TALK TO SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE (SCHOOL NURSE) OR A TEACHER
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2. It’s OK to say no; it’s your choice. Don't be scared!
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3. Don’t automatically trust people you don’t know – however friendly they seem.
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4. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
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5. Don’t add strangers on your social media accounts.
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6. Block people who are inappropriate when talking to you.
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7. Don’t do anything you're not comfortable with.
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8. Always make sure you have enough money to get home and credit on your phone.
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9. Listen to your gut feeling/trust your instincts.
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10. Think about where you’re going and who with. Have you shared this information with anyone else?
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11. Let people know where you are and what time you will be home.
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12. Don’t go off by yourself if you’re taking drugs or have been drinking alcohol.
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13. Keep your phone charged and know relevant numbers, such as a trusted friend or family member, or the police.
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14. Ask for help, it’s NEVER EVER your fault, so don’t be afraid to speak out.
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how to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your Public Health Nurse (School Nurse).

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Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.