Children and young people are sometimes beaten, hit or forced to have sex with people when they don’t want to (rape), or to do sexual things against their will. This can happen once or more often, you may know the person or they may be a stranger. Sometimes parents or guardians force girls under the age of 18 to marry, often much older men, when they are too young to do so. If you or anyone you
know is or has been:
Beaten or hit
Forced to have sex in exchange for things they need like food or shelter
Offered gifts or bribes or getting favors in exchange for unwanted sex
Sexually abused by someone in authority (at home, school, work or in the community)
Forced into early marriage
You may be worried about what to do next, and you may not know whether you want to report what happened – however immediate safety is the priority. First, try and find an adult you can talk with who you trust and can help you. The next thing to do is to go to your nearest police station so you can let them know what is happening and get medical help as soon as you can. If it’s a medical emergency please go to your nearest local clinic or hospital to get urgent treatment – you can walk in anytime and get immediate care. Clinic workers are understanding, do not pass judgment or tell you what to do and are respectful and kind. All conversations about your health are always confidential and private.