Video: Kids talk about supporting a friend experiencing abuse

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Did you know that 17% of the young people that contact Kids Help Phone about abuse are between the ages of five and 13? If you’re experiencing abuse, you’re not alone. Because so many kids reach out to Kids Help Phone about abuse, we asked real kids to answer questions about how they might know if someone is unsafe at home and how to get support. Check out the video below to learn how you can spot some of the signs of abuse and find tools for coping.

What is abuse?

Abuse can show up in different ways. It can be physical (hitting, punching, etc.), emotional (being threatened or made to feel like a bad person) or sexual (being touched sexually or forced to do sexual things without consent). Abuse in the home is when a person uses violence to control or harm a family member. Experiencing neglect, like when a parent/caregiver doesn’t meet your basic needs, is another form of abuse.

Experiencing abuse can bring up many feelings, like stress, sadness, guilt, fear, anger, confusion, shame and other feelings. Abuse can be a challenging and complicated experience. Whether it’s happening to you or someone you know, you don’t have to deal with abuse alone. There are safe adults who can support you. It’s important to remember that abuse is never your fault.

What are ways to cope with abuse?

There are things you can do to stay safe and cope with abuse. You can try to:

Learn more and get resources to cope with abuse

It’s not always easy to open up about experiences of abuse. When you’re ready to talk, Kids Help Phone is here to support you. To learn more about how other young people cope with abuse, visit the Peer-to-Peer community forums at Kids Help Phone.

Kids Help Phone would like to thank all the youth who appear in this video, as well as Professor Alina Kislenko from The ADHD & Spectrum Centre for their contributions to this video.

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