6 Ways to Protect Your Teen From Abuse

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Reading time: 6 minutes

Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children

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No one wants to think about their child being abused. But abuse happens and teens are most at risk. Research by the NSPCC shows around 1 in 20 children and young people in the UK have been sexually abused. It is never the fault of the child that this has happened.

There are different forms of child abuse, but in this Quick Read, we will look specifically at preventing sexual abuse. This abuse is normally carried out by someone the child knows and can happen online or in person. The NSPCC has lots of information about other forms of abuse.


Child sexual abuse includes:

  • Exposing or flashing
  • Showing pornography to a child
  • Making a child take part in sexual conversations online
  • Sexual touching of any part of a young person's body
  • Making a child undress or touch someone else
  • Forcing a young person to take part in sexual activities




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