Sexual abuse is when someone persuades, forces or tricks a child or young person to see, show or do sexual things. This can be touching or not touching, online or offline. Sometimes you may not recognise that what is happening is abuse, abuse often involves lies and manipulation. It’s important to know that anything sexual that happens between an adult and child is illegal and not ok. It’s important to know that anything sexual that happens without your consent is illegal and not ok.
If you have been sexually abused, you are not to blame. It’s not your fault. At RSVP, we believe you.
Examples might be:
- Being touched in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
- Being shown something sexual, like porn or someone showing their private parts
- Doing something sexual with an adult
- Being asked to show your private parts for a sexual reason