If you have been sexually assaulted please contact your nearest Centre Against Sexual Assault. In Victoria, phone 1800 806 292. In the rest of Australia phone 1800 RESPECT

Healthy, happy families

Families come in all forms and sizes. There are stepfamilies, foster families and adoptive families amongst others.

A healthy, happy family is built on love, trust, respect and continual compromise to make individual differences work. It isn’t easy to meet all the needs of each family member, which is why communication is important. Everyone needs to be listened to and understood.

As you grow older you are forming your own identity and the things that are important to you may not seem important to other family members. This can sometimes lead to arguments.

Try talking to your parents or whoever you live with in a respectful way to communicate your feelings. Together you can reach a compromise and a situation that everyone can accept. Adults use rules to help educate you and protect you from harm, so things like curfews and restrictions are there to keep you safe and to teach you to be responsible.

A healthy and happy family is one where you feel safe enough to talk to your family members about issues that concern you. Families should encourage and support you, so that you grow up feeling loved and secure.

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If you don't want to talk to the police you can report anonymously at Sexual Assault Report Anonymously

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