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Psychological and Sexual Abuse

Psychological Abuse
When something is said or done which hurts your feelings or scares you, including:
  • Threatening you with harm or leaving you;
  • Humiliating you;
  • Harassing you;
  • Calling you names or laughing at you;
  • Stopping you from getting help or support;
  • Not letting you spend time with other people or go out;
  • Blaming or controlling you;
  • Forcing you to do things you may not want to do;
  • Treating you like a child.

Sexual Abuse
When someone makes you do sexual things that you do not want to do, or makes you sad, angry or frightened, including:

  • Being touched when you don’t want to be;
  • Undressing you or having sex with you when you don’t want to;
  • Being made to touch other people when you don’t want to;
  • Making you watch or say sexual things when you don’t want to.
Supporting You Safeguarding Toolkit Psychological and Sexual Abuse