If you are being abused, you may feel helpless and out of control. The feelings that come with abuse can be overwhelming, but there are a few important steps that you need to take in order to protect yourself in future:

Tell someone

Let someone you trust know that the abuse is happening. If you feel that there is nobody you can turn to within your family, talk to the guidance counselor within your school or call the police.

Talking to others helps us to work out our emotions and seek additional support. You might want to consider a counselor for support, because abuse can often leave deep emotional scars that take a long time to heal.

If you ever need to talk, you can contact YLC – we’re here for you.

If your life is in danger

If you feel that your life, or the life of someone else is in danger, call the police. It is also important to call someone you trust to help you get to a safe place.

Express yourself

It helps to express what you are feeling in a safe and healthy way. Many young people choose to express their deeper and inner feelings through a journal, art, sports, performance, or music.

This isn’t your fault

Abuse is never your fault. You have the right to be treated with respect.

Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.