Are sex jokes just a bit of fun?
Lots of jokes are about sex, but when this makes you feel uncomfortable or becomes personal, it’s not ok or fun. People may try to make you feel embarrassed, or try to convince you that it’s your fault so you do not tell anyone. The best way of stopping this happening to you or others again is to say ‘no’ and tell someone you trust.
What if they didn’t touch me?
Children and young people (those aged under 18) can become victims of other types of sexual abuse, which might not include unwanted touching (sexual assault) or rape. If someone touches themselves in front of you or asks you to touch yourself in front of them, either in person or online, this can be sexual abuse. It could even include someone showing you pornography or sexual images, or asking you to pose in a sexual way. This can still be really frightening and it’s important to know that in law, this is a crime and will be taken seriously.
This happened a long time ago, is there anything I can do?
It’s never too late to get help. We can find the best person to support you, depending on what you decide you want to do. If you want to report the crime to the police, this is still a possibility. Even if you got support at the time, you can still get more support now, as there may be things that come up that still scare you or worry you.