Chloe used online chat rooms to talk to others her age, but got talking to a 24 year old man who was pretending to be 18. They messaged each other a lot, arranged to meet at parties where he gave Chloe presents, and slept with each other on a few occasions. Chloe was in love and thought this man was her boyfriend.
Her mum Kate noticed Chloe was often angry and very secretive, so decided to look through her laptop. She found Chloe’s messages, and realised she had to contact the police. The police traced the offending man, and pressed a range of charges against him, involving Chloe, and also other girls that he had sexually exploited. Chloe and Kate were referred to You & Co, to help Chloe prepare for giving evidence in court.