Recognizing Abuse

Abuse is when someone touches you or talks to you in a way that makes you feel unsafe or afraid. It is wrong for someone to make you do what you do not want to do. It is wrong for anyone to touch you in a way that you do not want to be touched. If this happens to you, tell the person “No!” Be clear. If they don’t stop, call for help. Get away from the person.

Abuse can happen in different situations. Sometimes abuse happens when people are dating or in a sexual relationship. If you don’t want to do what your date wants, or if you feel unsure, you don’t have to do it. Tell them. Be clear. It is wrong for someone to call you names or to try to make you feel bad if you don’t want to do something.

If someone is abusing you, this not a good relationship and you should end it. There are other nicer people you can meet! If the person does not respect your decision, tell someone you trust right away. You may also need to tell the police.

Don’t be an abuser. You should never try to force someone to have sex with you. You should never hit another person. These things are against the law. You can be arrested. Do not break the law. If you see this happening to someone else, call the police. Talk to someone you trust.

Don’t Stay with Someone Who is Violent

Grace had a boyfriend named Kyle. Kyle liked to have his own way. Sometimes, Kyle hit Grace. This upset Grace. She knew friends do not hit each other. She talked to a teacher at school that she liked. She explained the situation. The teacher talked to Kyle. Kyle apologized. The teacher helped Kyle get counselling. Kyle and Grace do not spend time alone together anymore. Grace spends her time with friends who do not hit her. She is much happier that way!

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