What could sexual assault look like?
Keep in mind that if it makes you uncomfortable or scared then it’s not ok and you don’t have to go along with it no matter who is doing it. There are a range of things which can be called sexual assault, but here are some examples so that you can know what it looks like and get help if you need to:
Showing you their genitals
Forced sexual activity with a family member
Being forced to watch or participate in porn
Unwanted sexual comments, remarks or jokes towards you
Forcing you to have sex with them - including oral sex
Looking at or touching your private parts or genitals
Making you touch their body in a sexual way when you don’t want to
Stalking and watching you when you are naked or doing intimate things
Taking off a condom before or during sex without your permission
Taking pics/videos of you naked or partly naked without your permission
Sending unwanted sexual comments or content to you online or through text
Touching any part of your body in a sexual way when you don’t want them to
Being sexually assaulted can be a frightening and confusing experience
Being assaulted can have a big impact on your wellbeing. It’s normal for your body and mind to react in certain ways when you’ve been hurt. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to feel about sexual assault. Whatever you are feeling, it’s OK. It’s common to feel:
Helpless or alone
Sad or depressed
Restless or moody
Anxious or fearful
Like harming yourself
Guilty or ashamed
Unable to talk about it
Angry or betrayed
A loss of trust in others
Shocked or physically ill
Worried about your safety
Unfocused or have flashbacks and nightmares
Confused about your body's reaction
Things that may get in the way of getting help
If you don’t feel right about something that’s happened, it’s OK to reach out for help
It’s never too late to let someone know. It can be difficult to talk about but it’s important to get the support you deserve. Here’s what you can do:
Make sure you’re safe – If you’re worried about your safety or you’re in danger call 000 and ask for the Police.
Get medical support – It’s important to get medical care as soon as you can - especially if you’re hurt or concerned about pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Visit your doctor, local hospital or health centre for support.
Make a report – You can report sexual assault to your local police service. They’ll work with you to help keep you and others safe.
Talk to someone you trust – It could be a family member, friend, counsellor, doctor or police.
Write it down – If it’s too difficult or upsetting to say out loud you could try telling someone in a letter or email.
Don’t give up – If you speak to someone who doesn’t want to help or is too shocked to help, keep doing so until someone listens and offers to help you.
Call Kids Helpline – We’re here for you. We’ll listen, believe you and help you to work through this.
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