Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse is when you are:

  • Being forced, tricked or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person
  • Being touched in a way you don’t like without giving permission or consent
  • Being forced to have sex
  • Being forced to look at sexual pictures or videos
  • Being 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, it is important that you tell someone.

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Useful Links

Disrespect Nobody

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

Safe Date

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.

Respect not Fear

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

Rape Crisis

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

FaceUp2It

FACE (Fighting Against Child Exploitation) is a group of young people, male and female, who are aware of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation. The website was developed by them to help other young people who are vulnerable or taking risks to inform them of the dangers out there and give information on how to keep safe.

Worried about a or friend or do you need some help?

Talk to somebody you trust: If you need help for yourself or are worried about a friend or family member, you should speak to an adult or someone that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

That could be family members, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers or other adults who work with children. They will listen to what you have to say.

Don't be afraid to talk to these people if you are worried. They are there to help you.

If you are still worried about a friend or you need help, please contact:

York MASH

Phone: 01904 551900

Email: MASH@york.gov.uk

Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team telephone: 01609 780780

Police - If there is immediate danger call 999

Childline - Phone: 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.