We support thousands of children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse. We make them safe and help them recover. 

What is child sexual abuse?

It involves forcing or persuading a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This includes acts that involve physical contact such as:

  • assault by penetration
  • non-penetrative acts (e.g. masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching)

 It also includes:

  • involving children in looking at (or making) sexual images
  • watching sexual acts
  • encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways
  • grooming a child (including via the internet)

How we help

We've been supporting children and young people affected by sexual abuse since 1994. We run specialist services in 45 locations across the UK, including:

  • therapy and counselling 

  • supporting children and young people through court proceedings when abusers are prosecuted

  • supporting the wider family

  • increasing public awareness of sexual abuse

It’s vital that adults are aware of the issue so that they can help a child who might be affected.