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Sexual Abuse

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, a family member or another young person such as a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • They can also be the same sex as you
  • It 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.

Worried About A Child or Friend or Do You Need Help?

Children’s Reception Team
(IOW Social Care)

Phone Number: 0300 300 0117. Call any time day or night

Report your concerns about yourself, a child or friend to Children’s Reception Team (IOW Social Care)


If there is immediate danger call 999

Phone Number: 0808 800 5000 or if you are 18 or under call 0800 11 11

A leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

Phone Number: 0800 11 11

A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

The following organisations can also help you and give you free confidential advice:

A Home Office website which provides information and guidance on healthy relationships, and explains what is sexting, consent, and rape.

Whether it's relationship abuse, sexting, consent, issues on social media or forced marriage that you’re concerned about, Safe Date have all the facts, support and guidance to help you make the right decisions and stay safe.

Website providing information and guidance on healthy relationships, also contains stories and games.

Help if you’ve experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any kind of sexual violence details of local Rape Crisis services; information about sexual violence for survivors, people supporting survivors.

Young Minds work to prevent mental illness from developing and to improve early intervention and care for those living with a mental health problem.

We provide a range of training opportunities for professionals working with children and young people to support the provision of safe and nurturing environments.

Phone Number: 116 123 (Free) or email jo@samaritans.org

They provide a safe place to talk anytime about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.