Thinking about saying something, but don't know what will happen or how to begin the conversation? Here are some things you should know.
I’m scared about what’s happened to me and I don’t want to say anything. Do I have to tell someone that I’m being sexually abused?
No. It’s up to you if you want to say something about what’s happening to you and you get to decide when you’re ready to do that. But if you don’t say anything, the abuse may not stop. Know that there are many people who are ready to help you start to heal.
I’m afraid no one will believe me when I tell. Should I still tell?
If you feel like something wrong happened or is happening to you, you should tell your parent(s) or another adult you trust. If those people don’t believe you, tell someone else who you can trust. It’s important to stop the abuse and for you to be heard.
If I tell someone that I’m being sexually abused by my coach, assistant coach or athletic trainer, will I ruin everything for my team?
There are always other coaches or clubs that can help you and your team be successful. By being brave enough to tell someone what’s happened to you, other athletes on your team may also come forward. Your actions may also directly or indirectly help stop abuse for others.