someone could be sexually abused by a stranger, somebody you love and trust or a boyfriend or girlfriend
someone could be sexually abused by a person of the same sex
sexual abuse isn’t always ‘full sex’ – it can also include touching, kissing, oral sex or anything sexual
sexual abuse can happen online as well as offline
you're not alone and there are people who can help you.
Consent means agreeing to do something. When it comes to sex, this means someone agreeing to take part in a sexual activity. Any sort of sexual contact without consent is illegal whatever the age of the people involved. If someone does not give consent and a person still engages in a sexual act with them, this is sexual assault or rape. More information on consent.