Unfortunately, incest, rape, and other forms of sexual abuse are fairly common. The abuser may be a family member, a friend, an aquaintance, or, less often, a stranger. If you or someone you know has been or is being abused, you should report it immediately. Talk with a teacher, minister, or counselor and get their help. If you are in a sexually abusive situation, it may be hard to realize that you are not at fault and that no one deserves such treatment. Sexual abuse destroys self-respect and self-esteem, making it difficult to get help. If you have been sexually abused, remember, it is not your fault. Many people have gone through the same experiences you have and help is available through support groups for those who have been sexually abused. Call a child abuse hotline, rape crisis center, or professional counselor for assistance or more information.
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