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What is sexual abuse?

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.

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
  • made to watch someone do something sexual. This can include someone flashing or exposing themselves to you and can also happen online

It can happen to anyone – boys and girls.

If you are being sexually abused it's not your fault and you're not alone. There are people who care - they will listen to you and help you. Talk to someone / get help.

This information is from ChildLine's website where you can find lots of information, help and advice on a wide range of problems you might be facing.