ASE is a form of sexual abuse that involves someone taking advantage of an adult sexually for their own benefit, through threats, bribes, and violence. Abusers can hold power over their victims due to age, gender, sexual identity, physical strength or status.
Adults can be sexually exploited in many ways. Examples include:
- Other sexual assault
- Being tricked or manipulated into having sex or performing a sexual act
- Being trafficked into, out of, or around the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation (prostitution)
- Being forced to take part in or watch pornography
- Being a victim of revenge porn – when a previously taken video or photograph (which was taken with or without consent) is shared online