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Abuse is never OK

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You can be pretty sure if it's any kind of abuse, it is not okay...

 

There are different types of abuse, and all of them hurt people. Sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape and date rape are all types of abuse and they have one thing in common - the person who has been abused or raped did not want it to happen.

 

No one has the right to touch you sexually or make you do something against your will. If any of these things have happened (or are happening) to you, please call someone for help.

 

There is no excuse for abusing others. Sometimes people who have been abused don't just feel pain at the time of the abuse, it can stay with them and affect their lives for a long time afterwards.

 

Good relationships are based on mutual respect, trust and affection. A relationship is not good if one person is pressured, or forced into doing something they don't want to do. If someone forces you to have sex and you don't want to - this is rape.

 

Even if you know the person, even if you like the person. This is sometimes called date rape.

 

If the person you want to have sex with is very drunk or passed out - take that as a 'no'. If the person does not (or is unable to) say 'yes' to sex, it is rape.

 

Sometimes people who have been abused feel guilty, but it's never their fault. Even if you've been out partying, or if you were somewhere you shouldn't have been. If something has happened to you that has made you feel bad, and you haven't told anyone, it is important that you do talk to someone about it.

 

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused then it is important that you seek help.

 

It is important that you don't keep it bottled up inside. It is important that if you require immediate assistance, you should call the Police on 111. A close friend or an adult can help you contact one of the organisations that can help people who have been sexually abused or raped. You could also talk to a school counsellor, click here to find a Rape Prevention support centre near you, or call Youthline on 0800 376633.