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Sexual abuse

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is when you are:

Being touched in a way you don't like without giving permission or consent.
• Being forced to have sex (intercourse).
• Being forced to look at sexual pictures or videos.
• Being made or forced to do something sexual.
• Being made to watch someone do something sexual. This can include someone flashing or exposing themselves to you and can also happen online.

Fresh Start - new beginnings

Fresh Start - new beginnings works through Suffolk and Norfolk and was set up to provide a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years who have reported being sexually abused and to offer support for their families. They help children and young people to make sense of the confusion they feel and to teach them coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they face. They highlight individual’s strengths and potential so that they are able to move from victim to survivor.

Tope: for young people (13+) experiencing abuse in Suffolk 

Tope is a web-based and phone service for young people (13+) who are or have experienced any form of abuse. The service is open and operated by specialist therapists from 9am to 9pm daily with a web chat facility from 6-9pm Monday to Friday. This is a self referral service and is open to young people who have not yet reported their abuse. 

Web: tope.org.uk
Freephone: 0808 168 1154
Text/WhatsApp: 07375 296229

The Ferns

The Ferns is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and provides a one-stop location, offering medical care and emotional support to any victim of sexual assault. Sexual assault can happen to anyone; women, children and men. At The Ferns, they can offer you a place of support, also practical and emotional support to help you recover.

Call ChildLine

You can call ChildLine at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.

Call 0800 11 11

Useful links

Stop It Now!
ChildLine: Sexual abuse
Victim Support
Think u know

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