Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is pressurised, forced, tricked or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. This can include kissing, touching the young person's genitals (private parts) or breasts, intercourse or oral sex. It can happen to anyone – boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused it's not your fault and you're not alone.
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse is when you are:
- being touched in a way you don't like without giving permission or consent;
- being forced to have sex (intercourse);
- forced to look at sexual pictures or videos;
- made or forced to do something sexual; and/or
- made to watch someone do something sexual. This can include someone flashing or exposing themselves to you and can also happen online.
Facts about sexual abuse
- Between 2011-12 ChildLine carried out nearly 16,000 counselling sessions with children and young people about sexual abuse;
- Of these, 69% told us how old they were and most were aged between 12-15 (56%) followed by 16-18 (32%) and 11 and under (12%);
- Sexual abuse can happen to both girls and boys;
- An abuser can be male or female. They can be a stranger, somebody you love and trust including a family member or another young person such as a boyfriend or girlfriend. They can also be the same sex as you; and
- You are not alone and there are people who can help you.
For more information on sexual abuse click here http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/AbuseSafety/Pages/Sexualabuse.aspx.
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