It can feel really scary to think about telling, because it’s hard to know what might happen next. It takes a lot of energy to keep such a heavy secret so telling someone will probably be a big relief.
Things will change after you tell. Some changes will be good, some might be really hard. You can get support to help with the hard stuff.
If you don’t tell, you can’t keep safe. When people live feeling scared all the time, it affects their mental health. This can mean that it’s harder to concentrate on school and other normal growing up stuff.
Telling is a first step in taking care of yourself and your future.
Useful phone numbers
Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL): 1800 806 292