How to make it stop

Tell someone you trust!

If you’ve been sexually abused and you’re not sure how to bring it up with someone who could help, try these steps;

Pick somebody you trust

Speaking up about sexual abuse is a brave and difficult thing to do. They could be a grandparent, neighbour, a friend’s parent, teacher, religious leader or doctor. Find out more about asking an adult for help.

Write it down

Talking about abuse can be upsetting but it’s important that you tell them as much as you can about what’s been happening – you could try writing it down in a letter instead.

Pick a time

When you can talk privately with the person you want to tell.

Get support

If you have a close friend, you could ask them to be there when you tell somebody.

Understand that it’s NOT your fault

You may feel ashamed or embarrassed. But you shouldn’t be. And you shouldn’t let that stop you talking to someone you trust.

Sexual abuse is one of the hardest things to talk about. It can make you feel afraid, isolated or ashamed. But it’s never your fault and it’s never too late to tell someone. There are people who can help you.

Is it private when you tell someone?

If the person being abused is under 18, then any abuse must be reported to the authorities so that they can keep you or the person at risk, safe from further harm.

Childline is a free and confidential help line, if you call them and do not give your name they will be able to offer support that could help you decide what you want to do.

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