Don’t keep it to yourself

If you think you are being abused, or have been in the past, it’s really important to tell an adult you trust.

This isn’t easy. You may feel worried about what will happen if you do. Here are some other reasons why you may not want to tell anyone:

the abuser may have told you to keep quiet and not to talk to anybody

they may have threatened you about what might happen to you or your place in the team if you tell

they may have made threats about your friends or family

they may have said “No one will believe you” or “No one will do anything if you tell”

you may feel guilty that you didn’t stop the abuse happening

the person may be someone who everyone in your sport looks up to – perhaps including your parents

you may not want to let your parents down

you may even think the problem will go away if you ignore it.

Don’t let any of these things stop you getting help. By telling someone, you can stop the abuse. You’ll also be helping to protect other children from the abuser.
Getting help

Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be: a parent or someone else in your family; another member of staff at the sports club; a teacher or school counsellor; your doctor or school nurse.

Contact one of these child protection helplines . They will know who can help you in your area.

You club will have a child protection officer. Find out who they are and tell them about your worries.

Make sure you are not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.

Remember your rights!

The NSPCC believes that children have the right to enjoy sporting activities in safety. The work of our Child Protection in Sport Unit is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Convention spells out how people should treat you. If you would like to know more, see what the Convention says about your rights .
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