Encourage your friend to tell an adult about what happened!
Sexual violence is never the victim's fault. Only the perpetrator deserves to feel guilt and shame.
Not telling adults never helps the situation. It only helps the perpetrator hide their actions.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Sharing a nude picture of another minor is a crime. It can feel shameful to be the victim of this kind of crime, but remember that only the perpetrator (for example the person who spread someone else's nude) deserves to feel shame and guilt.
Although talking about sexual violence may feel challenging, it doesn't help to keep it secret from safe adults - this can often make the situation worse.
If you suspect that your friend or anyone else is in immediate danger of becoming a victim of sexual violence, call the emergency number 112.
Did you know?
Sexual violence is an abuse of power and control.
Girls, boys, and anyone else can be victims of sexual violence
All genders can be perpetrators of sexual violence
Children and young people can be perpetrators of sexual violence
The perpetrator of sexual violence is not always an unpleasant older person. It can be a familiar and seemingly nice individual. The perpetrator can be young, good-looking and nice.
Sexual violence can also occur in a dating relationship.
Victims of sexual violence often feel shame and guilt, which keeps them from telling anyone about what happened. Hiding what happened and not telling safe adults never helps the situation. It only helps the perpetrator hide their actions.
Sexual violence is never the victim's fault. This is also true when a young person sent nudes of themselves. The responsibility always lies on the perpetrator of sexual violence – for example the person who shared the image.
"My friend told me and I encouraged them to tell an adult. Although it is important to rely on friends, no one can carry a heavy burden or act as a friend's therapist."
A young person, to whom a friend has told about sexual violence
Empowering young people to help their friends disclose sexual violence to a safe adult.
Thank you for visiting our page!
It shows that you care about your friend and want to support them! Worrying about a friend and keeping worrisome secrets can be really difficult. On this page, you can find information and tips on how to help and support your friend who has experienced sexual harassment, grooming or sexual violence. Having relevant information helps you act in challenging situations.