Physical abuse happens when someone hurts you on purpose in ways that cause injury or pain.
Sexual abuse is when someone touches you in ways or places that make you feel uncomfortable.
You can be abused by a stranger or by someone you know.
This can sometimes make it hard to tell whether you are being abused.
You may depend on others to help with your personal physical needs—like bathing and dressing.
You may have trouble:
They may be afraid to tell you.
They may not know what words to use to tell you what has happened.
By watching out for the signs of abuse, you can help yourself and others who may be abused, even if you are not sure abuse has happened.
A person who is being abused may:
Reasons to believe that someone is being physically abused include:
Reasons to believe that someone is being sexually abused include:
If you have good reason to believe that you, or someone you know, is being abused, tell someone you trust!
You can tell anyone who you think will help you:
Last updated on June 22nd, 2010