What Is Sexual Abuse?

If you are worried or unsure that you or another child may be suffering, or have suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact:

Hants Direct on 0300 300 0117
Sexual Abuse is when you are:
  • Being pressurised, forced, tricked or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person
  • Activities include kissing and sexual touching of any part of the body clothed or unclothed
  • 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
  • Made to watch someone do something sexual. This can include flashing or exposing themselves to you and can also happen online.
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
Sexual abuse can happen to boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused, it is not your fault and you are not alone.
If you are being abused, or if you are worried for a family member or friend, it is important that you tell someone. It may be difficult to speak out at first but there are people who can help you.
Websites and Organisations that can help:

NSPCC – The Underwear Rule
Rape Crisis - long-term specialised support, counselling and independent advocacy for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives

SurvivorsUK support and advice for male rape and sexual abuse victims
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