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If someone is abusing you or you have been abused in the past then telling someone about it is one of the most important things that you can do. It takes courage and might be difficult but it will mean you are not alone anymore.

Perhaps you have an adult whom you trust that you could talk to – that might be one of your parents, a teacher, a friend’s parent or maybe even your youth worker. If you don’t feel you can talk to any of these people, contact Lifecentre about anything that is worrying you – you can call us on 0808 802 0808 or text 07717 989 022. You will not shock us or upset us. There is nothing too big or too small to tell us.

“It has been very helpful and the methods used have been very beneficial and effective. It is also nice not to be ‘judged by my cover’!”

boy aged 17 years

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How much do I have to tell you?

You can tell us as much or as little as you like. You are in control of the conversation and you only have to say what you want to say. If you use our telephone or text helplines you don’t even have to tell us who you are or you can make up a name if that makes you feel safer.

What happens next?

If you tell someone that you trust that you are being hurt or sexually abused, they should get in touch with someone who can protect you from what is happening and help you to get safe. If you ring or text Lifecentre, you can tell us as much or as little as you like and we will only take action if you let us know who you are and we think you or someone else is in danger. You can just talk to us if that is what you want to do – if we don’t know who you are then we will just listen.

You might then decide that you would like to come and see someone for counselling or therapy here at Lifecentre. This will give you the opportunity to explore the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that are overwhelming you or that you want to understand or change. You will have regular meetings with a person who has been trained to listen carefully to what you say, and to respond in a way that will help you look at yourself and your experiences differently. Lifecentre provides these services free of charge, though clients are welcome to give us a donation if they wish to.

Read more about how our counsellors could support you

If you would like us to help then we will do everything we can to take care of you.