what is it?
Sexual abuse is when a young person is pressured, forced or tricked in to any sexual activity with an adult or another young person.
This can include:
•Being touched sexually, for example, someone touching your private parts
•Being forced to touch yourself or someone else sexually
•Someone kissing your private parts
•Being forced to have sex
•Being made to watch other people have sex, or watch pornography
Some people form relationships with young people to use them for sex. People who do this want young people to think they are a friend, or a boyfriend or girlfriend. They want to gain their trust to get power over them. They might also use bribes, threats, humiliation and even violence to get power over them.
They use that power to force them to have sex, or do sexual things, with them and sometimes with other people.