|Campaign:||Preventing sexual grooming of young people|
When I was younger I used to drink quite a lot. Luckily I realised that I had a problem with it and went to find help. I got in touch with Early Break which is a specialist drug and alcohol service for young people. It taught me a lot about what the effects of drugs and alcohol may be and also the reasons why I was relying on it in the first place. A group of us at Early Break decided to take part in a Fixers project and when we sat down to discuss what the subject of our project would be we started by thinking of an issue that was becoming an increasing problem and that needed to be tackled in our local area. We decided on Grooming.
Grooming was happening quite a lot in our area in the North West of England – we’d hear stories about young people being befriended by older adults and then being exploited. We really felt that we needed to get a message out there, not just about what grooming was but mainly to highlight the things to look out for. Often, instances of grooming would go unnoticed by the young person because they just see the person being friendly to them and don’t think anything bad is going to happen.
The film is animated and looks like a fairytale, however, the underlying message of the film is that grooming is not a fairytale.
The main character in the animation is supposed to be the princess character and you see her get showered by gifts from her prince. It shows how easy it is for grooming to happen which makes our film even more important that it helps other young people recognise the warning signs.