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Touches me when he wants

Your Question

Is it normal for my uncle to touch me wherever he wants to?

Answer

Hi, thank you for contacting us with your question!

We understand that it can be difficult sometimes to talk about what’s going on, so well done for reaching out to us. 

It sounds like you are saying that your uncle is touching you without your permission? It’s important that you know that no one ever has the right to touch you without your permission. You have the right to feel safe and secure at home and everywhere else.

We are concerned that your uncle is touching you. You have the right to tell someone and to get help and support and have this stop. Have you spoken to anyone else about this, like a parent or another trusted adult in your life like an aunt or teacher in school?  

We also want you to know that there are people whose job it is to keep children and young people in Ireland safe.  For example, there’s Túsla, the Child & Family Agency. You can call Túsla on  0818 776 315  from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can also visit their Changing Futures website to find more information about their services changingfutures.ie/.  

If ever you are in immediate danger, you should call An Garda Síochána on  112  or  999.  It’s really important that you are safe and get the support that you need.   

There are some articles on the Childline website which may help you with what you are going through at the moment:  www.childline.ie/what-is-abuse/ and this is another article you might like to look at: www.childline.ie/what-does-inappropriate-sexual-behaviour-look-like/. 

If you would like to talk to us some more, you can chat with us through our webchat service, by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at www.childline.ie or by phone on 1800 66 66 66. All our services are free, confidential, non-judgmental and available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Remember you’re not alone and there are people and organisations that can help you.  

Take care of yourself, and reach out to get your uncle’s behaviour stopped as soon as possible,

Alex 

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