For Children and Teens


You deserve to be safe and healthy! If you are being abused, tell someone you trust, like a parent, teacher, grandparent, or another adult. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, or can involve neglect. As children and teens, it’s important to be aware of what abuse is and how to stay safe.

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Staying Safe

No one has the right to hurt your body. No one has the right to look at or touch the private parts of your body. No one has the right to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. If this happens to you:

  • Say “No!”
  • Run away to the closest, safe adult
  • Tell that adult what happened

If this has happened to you in the past, you CAN STILL TELL AN ADULT. This is important so you can get help and stay safe. Your body belongs to you!

Safety Planning and Resources

  • Talk to your parents or other adults you trust about child abuse and safety
  • Print out this safety plan and fill it out with your family or a trusted adult so you know exactly what to do in an emergency
  • Review our resources for a list of books and websites for more information on safety
  • You are important! Be kind to yourself and be kind to others as well. Click here for some ideas on how to use positive language that can help you and others to feel better.
  • Remember, most of the time, children are abused by someone they know and trust. If you are being abused, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. You are not alone and you can talk to someone who can help you.

If you are in danger, or someone you know is in danger, call 911 now!



If you suspect that a child is being abused, call Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720