Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse includes a wide range of activity which involves forcing or pressuring people into doing things they don’t want to do, or aren’t able to agree to.

  • Consent

    Giving consent to sexual contact means that you agree to have sex or to be intimate with someone.


  • Rape and sexual assault

    You don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to.

    Rape and sexual assault

  • Sexual exploitation

    Sexual exploitation is when people use the power they have over people – usually young people and children – to sexually abuse them.

    Sexual exploitation

  • Underage sex

    Underage sex means having sex when below the age of consent, which is the age at which you're legally allowed to have sex.

    Underage sex

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)

    Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

    Female genital mutilation (FGM)

  • Sexual abuse FAQs

    Got a question about sexual abuse? Find the answers here.

    Sexual abuse FAQs