Get to know the warning signs you should look out for.
1. They offer you things.
They offer you presents, drugs or alcohol, or they give you money to buy something you want
2. Their behaviour changes after they’ve gained your trust.
They might become distant and stop paying you so much attention or you might feel like the relationship is having lots of highs and lows.
3. You might feel they have power over you.
This could be for many reasons: they’re older than you, they’re stronger than you, they have more money than you, or they’re part of a group or gang that have power and influence.
4. They encourage you to...
…see them alone without your friends or family and ask you not to tell anyone.
5. Have threatening behaviours.
They might threaten you or your family and friends, or make you feel like you’ve disappointed them
how to get help
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