Children and young people have the right to be safe. The protection of children and young people is the responsibility of families and the community.
Child abuse is more common in families than many people think because it's often hidden.
For more information about Child abuse
Have a look at the topic 'Child abuse' on the Parenting and Child Health section of this website.
Many young people are sexually abused – there is much more about this in the topics
People who are abused may have trouble asking for help because it means they'd be reporting on someone they love who is awful to them only some of the time. They may fear what the person who abused them may do to them, or to other people. They may believe that others will not believe them.
But keeping the abuse secret often means that it will continue.
If you or anyone you know is being abused, talk to someone you or your friend can trust — a family member, a trusted teacher, a doctor, or a school counsellor or the parent of a friend. Teachers and counsellors have training in how to recognize and report abuse, and how to support children and young people.
- In South Australia you could call the Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 78.
- In Australia you could call the Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.
Working with a counsellor is one way to sort through the complicated feelings and reactions that being abused creates, and the process can help to rebuild feelings of safety, confidence, and self-esteem.
These sites may also help you or your friend to work out what you can do.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor or other health professional.