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I was raped when I was 11

Your Question

I was raped at 11 but and im now 16 but I keep thinking about being raped by other people and I have sexual thoughts constantly but I can’t help it. Why?? 

Answer

Hi there, 

You are very welcome to Ask Alex. Thank you for taking the time out to come on and ask your question.  

It sounds like these thoughts have been happening for you since being raped. When something like this happens, it can affect us in different ways, but it would be so important that you have some support around this, an adult in your life that you trust perhaps. 

Having sexual thoughts and exploring your sexuality can be a normal part of growing up, but we would be very concerned to hear you say that you had been raped and you feel these thoughts you are having are since then. No one has the right to make you do anything that you are not comfortable with, and we have the choice over our own bodies. Rape is a very serious offence, and it is a crime here in Ireland. You have the right to be protected at all times.  

Please always know that you are welcome to contact Childline anytime on www.Childline.ie or call us on 1800 66 66 66. Childline is a confidential, listening service and we would never judge anything that you share with us. The service is free and open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.  

Or you can visit the website for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on www.drcc.ie to find the local Centre that is closest to you, some of their services can provide a dedicated Adolescent Clinic which provides counselling for adolescents who have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual abuse. 

Thank you again for taking the time to come on and ask your question.  

Remember how brave you have been to do this. 

Take care of yourself, 

Alex

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