Sometimes it is hard for kids and teens to know if something is abuse. If someone is hurting you, touching you in a way that you don’t like, touching your private parts, or making you feel uncomfortable, gross, or yucky, there are some things you should know:
If you aren’t sure if what is happening is abuse, here are some resources to help you learn more:The Bubble Book (a coloring book about personal space)
TELL SOMEONE! Talk to a trusted adult. This could be a parent or other family member, someone from your school, a friend’s parent, police, or some other adult that you trust. Think about the person who helps you when you have a problem or are worried about something. Is this someone you could tell? If the adult you tell isn’t able to help or if you don’t feel like you have an adult you can talk to about this, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) then push 1 to talk to a hotline counselor who can give you advice. If you are in danger right now, call 911 to get help.
Click here to learn more about Internet Safety.