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Sexual Abuse

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is when someone is forced, pressured or tricked into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with another person.


Examples of sexual abuse include:


Sexual abuse can include lots of things like rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, online grooming and domestic abuse or violence


It can also include sexual exploitation (being pressure into having sex with someone in return for getting something like money or drugs), sexting or child pornography.




Facts about sexual abuse:



Consent means agreeing to do something. When it comes to sex, this means someone agreeing to take part in a sexual activity. Any sort of sexual contact without consent is illegal whatever the age of the people involved. If someone does not give consent and a person still engages in a sexual act with them, this is sexual assault or rape. More information on consent.



Where can I get help?


Childine - online, on the phone, anytime




Rape Crisis has help and support for women and girls who've been raped or experienced sexual violence. 




Survivors UK supports men and boys who've experienced sexual abuse and rape.