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Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is when someone is pressurised, forced, tricked or intimidated into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person.

This can include kissing, touching the young person’s genitals (private parts) or breasts, intercourse or oral sex, looking or taking part in pornography or being pressured not to use contraception. It can happen to anyone – boys and girls.

Forcing someone to do any sexual acts they don’t want to is rape or sexual assault. This kind of abuse can sometimes happen in relationships.

If you recognise any of the signs of abuse in your own relationship, you can get help here.

If you are being sexually abused it’s not your fault and you’re not alone – tell someone.

Talk PANTS

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Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour displayed by children and young people which is harmful or abusive.

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse is a form of HSB where sexual abuse takes place between children of a similar age or stage of development. Child-on-child sexual abuse is a form of HSB that takes place between children of any age or stage of development.

Problematic sexual behaviour (PSB) is developmentally inappropriate or socially unexpected sexualised behaviour which doesn’t have an overt element of victimisation or abuse.