People who have been abused often feel scared, numb, or confused about what is happening to them. They may feel guilty, ashamed, and embarrassed and blame themselves. They may not think it’s abuse, especially if the person abusing them is someone they trust like a teacher or family member and tells them they love them or that it’s ok. But abuse is never ok and it’s never the fault of the person who is being abused, no matter how much the abuser tries to convince them of that or blame others.

Individuals who are abused may be afraid to ask for help because it would mean “telling on” someone they love. This person may be nice to them most of the time and awful to them only some of the time. It’s normal to be worried or afraid of what could happen if they report the abuse, either because they’re worried about what the abuser may do or how other people will feel if the abuser must leave the home, sporting activity, or school.

It can be difficult to reach out for help but it’s important to do so! It is important to talk with a trusted adult or if one is not available Safe2Help!

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