A secret may also be unsafe if…
- It affects your wellbeing (e.g. you can't sleep because you’re worried)
- You feel stuck or don’t know what to do
- You find yourself agonising between breaking a promise and getting help/advice/support
Unsafe secrets are a common feature of different kind of abuses towards young people.
Abuse thrives on secrecy.
Abuse rarely resolves without intervention, as abusers want it to be kept secret so they can keep abusing.
Asking for support and not knowing what comes next can be frightening. But getting support is the best way to stop the abuse.
Scroll through this gallery for helpful hints on how to start a conversation with someone you trust (like a teacher, school counsellor or Kids Helpline counsellor).
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