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Grooming is when someone falsely gains your trust to persuade or trick you into doing something sexual with them.

Grooming can take place online or face-to-face, and it can be done by someone you know or someone you don’t, whether they are an adult or another child.

What is grooming?

Grooming is a form of sexual abuse, and if you meet the person who is grooming you they may try to sexually assault you, which is when they touch you in a sexual way that you don’t agree to.

They might use secrecy, blame, gifts or threats of violence to stop you from telling somebody. This is because they know that if you tell someone what’s happening, they will no longer have power or control over you.

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