Whatever has happened to you, it’s important to remember that it isn’t your fault, no matter what anyone else may say to you. The responsibility for crime always rests with the perpetrator and never the victim.
If you are currently experiencing abuse, or have been abused in the past,we recommend that you tell an adult you trust, preferably a teacher or someone at school as they will be able to offer the best support soonest. They will need to share your story, in confidence, with a few other people to make sure that you are kept safe & receive any help you think you might need.
There are laws in place designed to protect children, young people and vulnerable people, along with employed professionals to enforce the laws. Whatever the person who is abusing you might say, these people have the power to make them stop, but they need to know what is happening to make things change.
- Making the choice to share your story with someone else can be scary, and if you think you will struggle to say something, try writing it down and passing the letter to your trusted person.
- 1 in 3 people under 18 who experience sexual abuse do not tell anyone about it, be part of the 2 out of 3 people who choose to tell someone.
- If someone is hurting or forcing you to do things that aren’t appropriate, they could be doing the same things to other vulnerable people as well.
If you don’t feel able to share your story with a trusted person, or there is nobody you feel you can trust, contact Childline as they are set up to support Children and Young People.
There are specialist organisations set up to support children and young people who may be being abused or have been abused and links to their sites are below