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Don't lose hope. Take from the past what will help you in the future.

This is the page for children and young people.

 

If someone has hurt you by sexually abusing you… there is help you can get to make it stop and to sort out your feelings about it.

 

If you are afraid that someone is going to abuse you sexually… you can get help to make sure you stay safe.

Sexual abuse means -

 

  • Someone touches you in ways that you don’t like or that feel wrong
  • Someone gets you to touch them in ways that you don’t like or that feel wrong
  • Someone forces you or encourages you to have sex
  • Someone does sexual things in front of you, such as flashing
  • Someone gets you to look at something sexual, such as pictures or films

 

 

It is very important to understand that these things are sexual abuse even if you aren’t forced by violence.

 

For example, you might be talked into it, or the person who is doing it might say they will hurt people in your family if you don’t go along with it.

The people who do these things to children and young people can be men or women, old or young, black or white.

 

They might do these things by themselves or with other abusers. They might use the Internet to get in touch with children and young people.

 

They might be strangers, or people that the children have known their whole life, maybe even family members who they love.

 

It is never OK for them to do these things, and if someone has abused you in this way it is not your fault.

 

Being sexually abused can leave you feeling sad, angry, ashamed, numb, confused… lots of bad things. It can hurt a lot.

 

But there are things you can do to make the abuse stop and to feel better again. There are people who understand what it is like to go through this and they can help you.

 

I told him to stop:

www.childline.org.uk/Videos