It's not OK to abuse you or others
It can be difficult to believe that someone wants to hurt or intimidate others. But people sometimes do such things to control others. It is called abuse. It is never alright to be abusive.
There are many types of abuse.
- Mental abuse is when someone uses bad words and threats to make others feel bad.
- Physical abuse is when someone hurts another by slapping, kicking or throwing things at others.
- Sexual abuse is when someone wants to touch you or make you touch them and keep it a secret.
- Digital abuse or online abuse is when someone is abusive on the internet, for example with bad comments or sends you nude photos or asks you to send them nude photos of you.
It is also abuse to have to watch someone you love being abused.
There are a lot of people who can help those who are abused if they know what is happening. People who injure and hurt can also get help. They are not necessarily removed; they can get help to change their behaviour.
If you or someone you know is abused, it is best to tell some adult who you trust. It can be someone in your family, a teacher at school or your friend’s parents. If there is no one who you feel comfortable talking to, you can talk to the children’s number 112 to get help.