Abuse is wrong. It can be hard to talk about it, but you are never alone. If you are worried about being abused there is help. You don’t need to try to deal with it on your own. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

What Exactly is Abuse?

There are 5 different types of child abuse:

  • Child sexual abuse – This involves being touched where you should not be touched. It also involves being forced to take part in any sexual activity. 
  • Emotional or mental abuse – This type of abuse can involve constantly being criticised. It can also involve being ignored or being badly treated.
  • Neglect – This type of abuse involves not being kept healthy and not being looked after. 
  • Physical abuse – This involves you being hurt by another person and for no reason. 
  • Verbal abuse – This type of abuse involves some writing, shouting, or saying horrible things. 

Abuse can often be about power. The person who abuses you might be using their power to get you to do things that you don’t want to do.

Abuse can be quite hurtful, either physically or mentally. Sexual abuse can include being touched or kissed or even being forced to have sex when you don’t want to. This type of abuse is often carried out by someone who is older than you. 

Who is an Abuser?

Abuse can be carried out by someone you know. Alternatively, it could be carried out by a stranger. If someone you know is abusing you, it can be hard to talk about it. If your family or friends do not know that you’re being abused, they might think it’s safe for you to be with this person. This is why it’s very important that you tell someone. 

If you tell someone, they can help it to stop. Remember, abuse is always wrong. 

Whether you are looking for help for abuse in Brayton, for example, or anywhere else, there is help available. The sooner you ask for help, the sooner the abuse can stop. 

Why Getting Help is Important 

Getting help is so important. Abuse is always wrong and it must be stopped. Abuse can affect the rest of your life.

When you speak out about abuse, it means you are less likely to have any problems later: 

If you have been abused you might:

  • Be cautious of adults
  • Be emotional or irritable 
  • Be more likely to self-harm
  • Find it hard to do well at school or college
  • Find it very hard to trust people 
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Have difficulty developing relationships
  • Have difficulty having sexual relationships when you’re older 
  • Have low self-esteem and become anxious or depressed

If you experience one or more of the above issues, it does not necessarily mean that you were or are being abused. The above problems can be caused by a range of things. 

If you know that you have suffered from any type of abuse, please speak to your doctor. They will be able to tell if you are at risk of developing any of the above problems, and they can help you. 

Where to Find Help 

You have to tell someone about the abuse. Tell your family first. If the abuser is a member of your family or it’s someone your family knows you can always speak to your doctor or a teacher. Your doctor will help you, even if they know this person. They also have to keep what you tell them private from the abuser. 

If you suspect that a child is being abused, you can find more information about what to do here.

You can also contact the following organisations: 

Childline: 0800 1111 (open 9 am until midnight throughout the year)

The Mix: 0808 808 4994 (open 4 pm until 11 pm, every day)

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: Text YM to 85258 (open all day, every day)

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.