The fourth ‘Superhero’ social media campaign to raise awareness of CSE has been launched and the response has already been remarkable, with thousands of Twitter users pledging their support already.
Police Hour is supporting the campaign for the fourth year running because it simply raises awareness of the importance of protecting children online
So far support has come from American actress Liz Vassey who played Captain Liberty in ‘The Tick’ and also starred in CSI.
How do i join #SuperHero18?
You simply news to change your twitter profile image to that of your favourite superhero for seven days and tweet your support using the hashtag #SuperHero18
Who is behind #SuperHero18?
PC Rob Stevens from Northamptonshire Police launched the campaign in 2015 and it very quickly went global, with people from as far afield as Canada, USA and Australia pledging their support.
PC Stevens said: “I started the campaign because I wanted to raise awareness of a subject very close to my heart – there is no greater priority than protecting our children and preventing this awful crime.
“The response over the past three years has been extraordinary with people from all corners of the globe getting involved.
“I hope this year we’ll reach even more people. I urge social media users to get creative in choosing their superhero – which could be a cartoon character or somebody who inspires them – perhaps a parent or grandparent – and to circulate messages which raise awareness of CSE; how to spot it, how to prevent it and how to get help and support.”
Senior officers who have changed their profile pictures in support of #SuperHero18 include Chief Constable Simon Edens, whose avatar is now Anti Venom and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann who chose Jessica Jones as her avatar.
Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov is the Regional CSE lead. His avatar for seven days is Beast Boy. He said:
“This is a campaign which has gone from strength-to-strength over the last three years and now has phenomenal support.
“I urge anybody who hasn’t already to pledge their support and help play a part in putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children and the signs to look out for which may indicate a child is at risk.
“It is only by raising awareness that we can prevent this abhorrent crime and protect our children.”
Help raise #CSE awareness with @PCStevens1368 using #SuperHero18