Abuse can take many different forms, all of which are very serious and must be stopped.
You might be being physically attacked by being punched, kicked, slapped or even scalded with hot water. Or you might be going through mental abuse where you are called names, sworn at or told you are useless. Other abuse involves neglect, where you aren’t given enough food to eat or somewhere warm and safe to sleep.
Someone might be touching you in a way you don’t like, and telling you to keep it a secret from other people. This is sexual abuse and is very serious, like all forms of abuse. The person responsible might be a family member, a friend or a neighbour and could be any age.
If you are experiencing the signs of abuse, it can be the hardest thing in the world to admit to someone. You might feel ashamed about what’s going on, or feel like it is your own fault. You might be scared about what might happen if you tell someone.
Always remember that you have done nothing wrong, and you will not be punished for speaking up about what’s happening. There are lots of people who can help you get through it – try talking to a friend or family member or someone else you trust, like a teacher.
If you don’t want to talk to someone you know, you can call ChildLine anonymously on 0800 11 11 – they will give you support over the phone and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
You shouldn’t have to go through this alone – so please tell someone else who will be able to help you.
Click here to go to the Childline website.