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If abuse has happened to you

     
 
It does happen to other children and teenagers and you are not alone
 
     
If you have been abused in any way, it is important for you to know that you did nothing wrong and havenothing to be ashamed of.  It does happen to other children and teenagers and you are not alone and have the right to ask for help and to be helped immediately, when living with abuse. You can love someone that is hurting you and sometimes this makes it very hard to tell.

If you’re being abused it can affect every part of your life and people react in a lot of different ways. Your reaction to abuse can depend on things like the circumstances of the abuse, your relationship with the abuser, your personality, and who you have living around you to help you cope.  Sometimes there is a part of the abuse that you might enjoy, but you might also be feeling that there is something not right about what’s going on.  It’s ok to feel a bit mixed up; there is no right or wrong way to be feeling.

     
 
It is important if you have been or are being abused that you tell someone that you trust.
 
     
It is important if you have been or are being abused that you tell someone that you trust. If you want to stop the abuse and do not trust anyone else, you could tell a social worker or a Garda what is happening. Their job is to help you, and to keep you safe. You have the right to be helped and supported.

You may be worried that no one will believe you. But you have a right to be believed. If you tell someone and they don't believe you, tell someone else. Keep telling until someone listens. Here in Childline we will always believe you.