Sexual abuse is a type of child abuse. However, there are other ways in which adults can abuse children, which may include:
Physical Abuse – hitting, punching, kicking, shaking, burning, pulling hair etc.
Verbal Abuse – threats, name calling, put downs etc.
Emotional Abuse – verbal abuse, repeated criticism or teasing, intimidation
Neglect – failing to provide food, clothing or health care
Isolation – repeatedly preventing contact with other people such as family and/or friends
If you are being affected by anything like this, try and get some help as soon as possible. No-one has the right to treat you in this way.
You can telephone ChildLine on 0800 1111, they will listen to you and offer you support.