I am under 18

What is abuse?

Sexual abuse is when someone is forced, pressurised or tricked into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with another person.

Examples of sexual abuse may include:

Being touched without your permission or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable

Someone flashing or exposing themselves to you online or offline

Being forced to look at sexual pictures or videos

Being forced to have sex (intercourse)

Being forced to do something sexual or watch someone do something sexual.

Sexual abuse can include many things like rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, online grooming and domestic abuse or violence. It can also include sexual exploitation which is being pressure into having sex with someone in return for getting something like money or drugs, sexting or child pornography.

If you are worried about what is happening to you or a friend, talk to an adult you trust and if they are a professional like school teacher, doctor, nurse or social worker they will have to help.

If you would like to talk to someone anonymously (without them knowing your name), you can call Childline 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk

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