Frequently Asked Questions

Teen Services

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual Abuse is when one person uses another in a sexual way for his or her own pleasure. An abuser can be an adult, teen or older child. The abused person is usually seen as weaker or smaller then the abuser and therefore easier to control. Though sexual abuse involves the use of sex, abuse is really about having great power and trying to control an individual.

How many young people are sexually abused?

In the United States up to 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 males will be sexually abused before the age of 18.The exact number of how many are abuse is not known, because a lot of people never tell about abuse.

How does it feel to be sexually abused?

Many teens grow up thinking that they deserved the abuse. Many teens believe that they are actually responsible for the abuse. Some feel shame, doubt, and guilt about the abuse. Many teens feel that they are alone in the world and few others have experienced abuse. This is not true, 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males have experienced sexual abuse.

What is Teen Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault or rape is committed by force or threat. Most teens are assaulted by someone they know. Forcing sex on anyone is always wrong.

How can you protect yourself against teen sexual assault?

  • Set limits concerning sex. Know how far you are willing to go and let your partner know too, before you get to that point in your relationship.
  • Always know who you are with. Let you parents know where you are going and who you will be with and how to get in touch with you at all times.
  • Never leave your drink alone. A lot of drugs can be put into drinks that may affect your body in a way that you canít protect yourself.
  • Stay in a group of friends when you go out.
  • Follow your instincts. If a situation doesnít feel right then get out of that situation as soon as possible.

What should you do if someone you know is sexually abused?

  • Remain calm. Listen to their story. Donít make judgments of them.
  • Tell them that what happened was wrong and not their fault.
  • Encourage them to report the abuse to an adult that they trust.

Where can my teen learn about internet safety?
www.netsmartz.org