If you are aged 18 or under and have been abused in any way, you do not have to stay silent about it. You have a right to speak about what has happened to you and be listened to and believed. Whether the abuse is happening now, or has happened in the past, it is okay to talk about it. Eighteen And Under (18u) can give you information to help you make up your mind about what you want to do.
If you want to talk but feel you have no one you can trust to talk to about abuse, you can talk privately and confidentially to someone at 18u. We won’t tell anyone unless you want us to. Check out our policy on confidentiality.
Abuse can happen to anyone and it is never your fault. It can include bullying, neglect, put downs, name calling, controlling what you do, rape, sharing intimate images of you and many more things. If you are not sure if what is happening to you is abuse, or not, you can talk to someone at 18u about it.
Why do people self-harm?
Many people who have been abused use self-harm as a means of coping with life. Some cut themselves, burn themselves or take risks, or they hurt themselves in a variety of ways. Parents and carers often do not understand why the young person is self-harming and they often over react and make things worse.